What Is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a term used to refer to inflammation, pain, and stiffness in the joints. The two most well known forms of arthritis are Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). However, there are many forms of arthritis that are less commonly known.

Arthritis affects people of all ages and races, and it is more common among women and as we age. According to the Arthritis Foundation, “... it is the leading cause of disability in America.” Arthritis pain can severely inhibit one’s quality of life leading to less activity, chronic pain, deformed joints, inability to grasp items and care for oneself, and even depression.

Osteoarthritis (OA)

Osteoarthritis is a chronic disease that affects some 27 million Americans. OA is characterized by the breakdown of cartilage – the part of a joint that cushions the ends of the bones and allows easy movement. As cartilage deteriorates, bones begin to rub against one another. This can cause stiffness and pain that make it difficult for you to use that joint.

Osteoarthritis can also damage ligaments, menisci and muscles. Over time OA may create a need for joint replacements. Osteoarthritis occurs most often in knees, hips and hands. Other joints, particularly the shoulders, can also be affected.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a form of inflammatory arthritis and an autoimmune disease, meaning that the immune system – which is designed to protect our health by attacking foreign cells such as viruses and bacteria – instead attacks the body’s own tissues, specifically the synovium, a thin membrane that lines the joints.

Arthritis Help!

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in America. More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have it. Over 3 million new US cases are diagnosed per year. 

Conventional treatments for arthritis fail to treat the underlying cause and primarily focuses on symptom relief. Pain relievers often lead to serious complications and do further damage to the important gut lining. 

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As a result of the attack, fluid builds up in the joints, causing pain in the joints and inflammation that’s systemic – meaning it can occur throughout the body.

If you are having a problem in this area, we can help you, naturally at our Clearwater clinic. As part of our holistic approach to improving your health and quality of life, our team at Lifeworks will meet with you to discuss your symptoms and put you on a path to increased good health.

For an appointment or more information about arthritis treatment, call the New Patient Scheduler at 727-466-6789 or inquire online.

 Arthritic Conditions

Rheumatoid Arthritis

rheumatoid arthritis an autoimmune disease th smAccording to the American College of Rheumatology, RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) affects more than 1.3 million Americans, 75% of which are women. RA is a chronic autoimmune disease that usually affects people over the age of 40, but can also affect men and women at a younger age.


Living with the chronic pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion caused by arthritis is draining and debilitating. In addition to the physical symptoms it can lead to chronic stress, anxiety, and depression as your quality of life decreases and you are able to do less and less. 

Joint Pain

Joint pain is the sensation of discomfort or soreness in a joint or joints of the body. Joints are the spaces or areas where two or more bones meet, such as the hip, knee, shoulder, elbow and ankle. Joint pain can occur with or without movement and can be severe enough to limit movement. People...


Treating Arthritis - An Auto-immune Protocol

Just as there are many types of arthritis, there are many natural treatments that can help. These may include:
Prolozone Therapy

Prolozone® is a homeopathic/oxygen-ozone injection technique developed and pioneered by Dr. Frank Shallenberger. At our Clearwater clinic, we find it is excellent for all forms of musculoskeletal and joint pain including chronic neck and back pain...

Healing & Treating Auto Immune Diseases

healing treating auto immune diseases th smThere are approximately 80 different forms of autoimmune disease including rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, certain types of thyroid disease and many more.

Leaky Gut Syndrome

Unless specifically investigated, Leaky Gut Syndrome (otherwise known as Increased Intestinal Permeability) often goes unrecognized, yet this is quite a common health problem...

What is Leaky Gut?

what-is-leaky-gut-syndromeLeaky gut (also known as Increased Intestinal Permeability) is a term used to describe the condition of the intestines when its lining becomes damaged and gaps appear between the cells. This allows large particles...

Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy (Mas Mat)

Detox, Pain Relief, Cell-Rejuvenation and much more. Pain is a message from our body. The tissue cries out for energy flow, in the form of magnetic fields. The reason that Pulsed Magnetic Field (PMF) therapy works so effectively is because it supports the metabolism and increases the blood flow throughout the whole body. Red blood...

Ozone Therapies

Ozone is found in its natural state in higher levels of the atmosphere and is blue in color, hence the sky is blue. In medical use, ozone is made by passing pure oxygen through an electric coil which gives it three atoms, instead of two, making it O3. It is the addition of the third oxygen atom that makes ozone “supercharged” oxygen...

IV Therapy

IV Therapy in Clearwater & Tampa Florida In today’s modern society of nutrient depleted food (fast food, processed food, vegetables picked green and shipped thousands of miles and stored in coolers for weeks or months before we eat them), and daily exposure to hundreds of toxic chemicals, our bodies are “left out in the cold” so to speak, and health suffers. Many...

Ozone Steam Sauna – Hocatt

LifeWorks Wellness Center recently added a Hocatt chamber to its list of services, meaning that patients will now have access to ozone steam sauna treatments. Hocatt stands for “Hyperthermic Ozone and Carbonic Acid Transdermal Technology” and the machine acts as a personal ozone steam sauna...

Anti-Aging Medicine

Anti-aging medicine is the application of medical technology for the early detection, prevention, treatment and reversal of the three age-related “Ds”-dysfunction, disorders and diseases. As an extension of preventive health care, anti-aging medicine it is the next great model of health care for the new millennium. According to the American Academy for Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M),...

Autoimmune Disease Treatment

Autoimmune disease occurs when the immune system of the body which normally protects us from disease and infection, literally attacks its own cells leading to dysfunction of those tissues. This may be restricted to an individual organ or may involve a particular tissue in different places like nerves, muscles, an endocrine gland or a digestive...

A Doctor's View on Auto Immune Diseases

Dr. David Minkoff, M.D.
Founder and Medical Director
In 1995, Dr. Minkoff's wife became ill and her physicians couldn't find what was wrong. Not accepting their "no hope" conclusion, Dr. Minkoff went on a search to help her which led him out of emergency medicine into complementary and alternative medicine to find the answers. In the process he gained expertise in Biological medicine, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. The answers he found were soon in demand when others learned of his wife’s return to good health. In response to this, he and his wife, Sue Minkoff RN established Lifeworks Wellness Center in 1997 and it quickly became one of the most comprehensive complementary and alternative medicine clinics in the U.S.

       *Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary based on a patient's medical history and other factors.


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