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Gout is a form of arthritis that causes sudden pain, redness, swelling, and stiffness. Caused by uric acid crystals that form within the joints, the condition can cause severe attacks of pain, redness and tenderness in the joints. An established healthcare center in Brooklyn, New York, HealthQuest offers customized treatment for gout that is designed to:

  • Terminate acute attacks
  • Reduce hyperuricemia
  • Prevent recurrence and joint damage

Factors that increase the uric acid level in your body include diet, obesity, certain medications, age and medical conditions. If not treated, the condition can damage or destroy joints and result in constant pain. Four stages of this disorder are Asymptomatic Hyperuricemia, Acute Attacks, Intercritical Periods, and Advanced Gout.

Early diagnosis of gout is crucial as crystals within the joint can lead to joint damage. After evaluating the history of your symptoms, our physician will perform a thorough physical exam to identify the painful areas. A blood test will be done to look at the levels of uric acid. Joint damage is also diagnosed using X-rays.

Gout Treatment

Options
  • Medications
    • Corticosteroids - It works by suppressing the body’s immunity system. Injected directly into the joints, this medication often stops gout attacks more quickly than other treatment options.
    • Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) - Also called COX-2 inhibitors, they block the cyclooxygenase (COX) enzymes, which are key mediators of inflammation in the body. Commonly prescribed NSAIDS include Naproxen, Ibuprofen and Indomethacin.
    • Colchicine - This drug is sometimes used in low doses for a long period of time to reduce the risk of recurrent attacks of gout. It prevents the white blood cells from being killed by the crystals, thereby preventing the release of inflammation-causing proteins.
    We also use certain medications such as Allopurinol, Febuxostat and Probenecid to lower uric acid that can prevent gout attacks and keep the condition from becoming chronic.
  • Physical therapy - Our physical therapists use modalities such as Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), Ice or heat to eliminate muscle spasm and inflammation; or Ultrasound to improve joint mobility. Exercise programs will also be recommended to reduce the risk factors.

To schedule a consultation for gout treatment, call us today at 718-769-2521 or send an email to info@hqbk.com. We accept Medicare, No-Fault, and Workers’ Compensation as well as most major medical insurance plans.