Welcome to Joint Health Bus
"Without the Joint Health Bus I wouldn''t have been able to get treatment for my arthritis. I think that a traveling clinic is one of the best things for seniors and disabled citizens that a hospital can provide."
Carlita, San Diego, CA
"My grandmother has severe arthritis, and with my work schedule I can''t drive her to her midday appointments. Thanks to the Joint Health Bus she is able to get treatment just a few blocks from her home. What an amazing service."
Joseph, San Diego, CA
Arthritis is most often associated with older people, and while it is true that a large number of people who develop arthritis are older, it is also possible that younger people can develop as well. When a person develops arthritis, the tissue in their joints begins to swell. This swelling then causes inflammation and irritation, which can lead to knee damage if not treated properly. No one is sure exactly why a person develops arthritis, and there is no known arthritis cure. However, there are a variety of different treatment methods that can help to relieve the symptoms of arthritis, including joint pain and swelling, and in some cases these arthritis treatments can also halt the progress of the disease.
When a person develops arthritis, they may notice pain in their joints. This can be caused by the inflammation. Over time however, the inflammation causes the cartilage and the bones to rub, which eventually wears away the protective layer that keeps the bones from rubbing together. When bones rub together the sensation can be very painful, and the joint may need to be replaced. For this reason, it is important to seek arthritis treatment as soon as possible.
Types of Arthritis
There are many different types of arthritis, with each having slightly different characteristics and affecting different people. The doctors at the Joint Health Bus can help you determine which type of arthritis you have. For reference, here are some of the most common arthritis types. If you believe that you have one of these types, ask your doctor about getting tested for arthritis.
Gout arthritis is different from other types of arthritis in that the patient''s immune system is not necessarily involved. When a person develops gout, their body loses the ability to eliminate a substance known as uric acid. This substance occurs naturally in the body, and is also found in certain foods like red meat. The excess uric acid forms crystals in the joints and causes swelling and severe pain.
Rheumatoid Arthritis occurs when a person''s immune system mistakenly attacks the body and causes the join lining to swell and expand. This inflammation can spread to the surrounding tissue, and can eventually damage the cartilage and the bone. In very severe cases, other areas of the body can be affected, including the lungs, the heart, the eyes, and the wrist joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is also commonly known as rheumatism.
Although fibromyalgia is not technically a form of arthritis, it does not cause inflammation, it is often lumped into the arthritic category because it produces similar symptoms. People with fibromyalgia experience widespread pain and fatigue, both of which are also common symptoms of arthritis. Additionally, fibromyalgia is also considered a rheumatic condition because it can impair the movement of the joints and soft tissue.
The Joint Health Bus
The Joint Health Bus is a travelling joint health clinic that provides diagnosis and treatment solutions for people who may not be able to travel to a hospital or clinic. Arthritis can be a painful condition, and in many developing areas the people do not own cars or other vehicles that would allow them to drive to an arthritis clinic. The Joint Health Bus allows arthritis care providers to travel to the patients, providing treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and other painful rheumatic conditions.
If you are interested in visiting the doctors at the Joint Health Bus, please see our locator map that displays the current location of the bus. The Joint Health Bus normally stays in one location for three to four days to allow patients time to visit with us. If you don''t see the bus, it probably means that we''re refueling or making repairs. Check back on the site regularly to see where we will be today and in the coming weeks.