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Arthritis & Osteoarthritis Santa Monica, CA

There are many types of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis are two common types, but osteoarthritis is the most common. Arthritis and osteoarthritis are chronic conditions that can take the joy out of your life. The pain and inflammation they cause in your joints can be debilitating at times. Dr. Michael can provide effective treatment for these conditions, which will reduce the pain and increase your range of motion.

Millions of people are affected by the most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis. Older people and athletes are especially vulnerable to this condition. Osteoarthritis is the result of the protective cartilage on the ends of the bones wearing down. This can happen as part of the aging process. It can also happen through repetitive motions, which is why some athletes may have it.

Proper diagnosis through testing will help determine the best treatment options for this chronic condition. When diagnosed in its early stages, the effects of arthritis may be minimized.

Symptoms of Arthritis

There are several types of arthritis, with osteoarthritis being the most common. This condition develops over time and is usually associated with old age. In truth, arthritis can affect people of all ages. Symptoms of arthritis that mostly affect the joints are:

  • Stiffness
  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Redness

Age increases the risk for many types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout, which is also a form of arthritis. You may have a family history of arthritis, which can also increase your risk. Old joint injuries are more susceptible to arthritis, and it is common for it to develop in such joints. Knees, hips and the spine can become targets for arthritis in people who are obese.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Patients complaining of arthritis symptoms are encouraged to contact Dr. Michael for a thorough examination. He will check your joints for inflammation, test your range of motion and may suggest further tests.

Laboratory tests analyze blood, urine and joint fluid to determine your type of arthritis. Imaging may include X-rays, CT scan, MRI or ultrasound imaging. Each type of imaging produces details about the joints and reveals to what extent the joints have been damaged.

If you are experiencing the pain of arthritis, contact Dr. Michael and schedule an appointment for an exam and consultation. Effective treatment of your condition can minimize or eliminate pain.

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Brent J. Michael, MD

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 34 reviews

Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 1260W
Santa Monica, CA 90404

310-829-7777

310-829-9951

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