Arthritis Specialist

Farmbrook Internal Medicine

Joseph Hagen, DO

Internal Medicine located in Bingham Farms, MI

Arthritis presents overwhelming challenges and negatively impacts the daily life of millions of Americans. At Farmbrook Internal Medicine PC in Bingham Farms, Michigan, considerate and caring physician, Joseph Hagen, DO, helps relieve arthritis pain and improve quality of life with advanced and personalized treatment methods. Dr. Hagen treats a range of arthritic conditions including injury-related, age-related, and inflammatory autoimmune disorders. Dr. Hagen knows that arthritis can be challenging and provides unwavering medical support. Call Farmbrook Internal Medicine PC or schedule online to find arthritis relief.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis refers to a multitude of conditions that involve inflammation in one or more of your joints. Symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Redness
  • Decreased mobility

Arthritis symptoms vary and can come and go in flares. Over time, it can sometimes even lead to deformed joints.

What causes arthritis?

Various factors can cause or worsen arthritis. Arthritis can be associated with:

  • Infections
  • Uric acid crystals
  • Underlying diseases

Some of the risk factors for arthritis include:

  • Aging
  • Genetics
  • Family history
  • Previous joint injuries
  • Lifestyle factors, such as nutrition and physical activity level

There are many different types of arthritis.


Osteoarthritis involves damage and wear and tear to the cartilage in your joints over time. In more severe cases, osteoarthritis can cause bone to grind directly on bone, limiting movement and inflicting pain. An injury or infection can worsen or trigger osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis

With rheumatoid arthritis, your body’s own immune system begins attacking the lining of joint capsules (the synovial membrane). The joints become inflamed and swollen, and the disease process can destroy cartilage and bone over time.

Other inflammatory arthritic conditions

Other inflammatory arthritic conditions, such as ankylosing spondylitis, can be linked to bacteria, genetics, and environmental factors. Ankylosing spondylitis can be especially painful. It results in the immune system attacking itself, leading to widespread inflammation throughout the body that can also affect other organ systems, such as the eyes.

In some cases, the cartilage and bones can incur damage and the spinal bones from the pelvis to the neck can calcify forming new bone, bone fusion, and a hunched posture.

How is arthritis diagnosed?

Dr. Hagen checks your joints for signs of arthritis and performs a physical exam. He also discusses your medical history and symptoms.

Dr. Hagen might recommend additional testing, such as an MRI, X-ray, ultrasound, and urine, blood, and joint fluid tests.

What are the treatments for arthritis?

Dr. Hagen devises customized treatment plans based on your individual health, needs, preferences, and concerns. Dr. Hagen might recommend a number of treatments, such as:

  • Nutrition counseling
  • Vitamin supplementation
  • Exercise and stretching programs
  • Assistive devices (such as a cane)
  • Weight loss if you’re carrying excess weight
  • Cold and heat therapies, such as a warm compress or ice packs
  • Medications, such as anti-inflammatory, steroids, pain relief, and biologics

Dr. Hagen and the Farmbrook Internal Medicine team work with you to determine the best course of treatment to manage your arthritis, relieve your pain, and enhance your quality of life. Call or schedule your personal consultation here on the web.