Arthritis Specialist

Primero Spine + Joint

Integrated Health & Wellness Center located in Jacksonville, FL

Have your joints been feeling stiff or painful lately? You might be experiencing arthritis, the joint disorder that causes inflammation. Dr. Gabriel Busquets at Primero Spine + Joint helps men and women of all ages in and around Jacksonville, Florida, manage their arthritis through comprehensive care and expert prevention. Call or book an appointment online today.

Arthritis Q &A

What are the different types of arthritis?

There are two main types of arthritis:

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system attacks its own tissues and damages the joint and bone in:

  • Feet and ankles
  • Fingers and thumbs
  • Elbows and wrists
  • Knees
  • Shoulders


Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage at the ends of your bones starts to wear away. As a result, bones rub against each other. It primarily affects older adults, though injuries can precipitate it at any point in time.

Another type of arthritis is gout, which is the inflammation of a joint due to the sudden appearance of uric acid within it.

What are the risk factors?

Risk factors for arthritis include:

  • Family history
  • Age
  • A previous joint injury
  • Obesity

Diet and nutrition also play an integral role in managing arthritis. Stay away from foods that increase inflammation, like those high in refined sugar.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Each type of arthritis comes with its own set of symptoms, though some are common across the board:

  • Tenderness
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Trouble moving
  • Pain

How do you treat arthritis?

Each type of arthritis requires individualized treatment. During your consultation with Dr. Busquets, a treatment plan is determined based on your specific arthritic symptoms.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Treating rheumatoid arthritis can be long and laborious, but with the proper chiropractic care, you’ll begin noticing results and feeling better.

Chiropractic adjustments, as well as detailed manipulations and exercises on the affected area, help improve the relationship between the spine and nervous system. Dr. Busquets can also suggest anti-inflammatory diet options to reduce pain and swelling.

Dr. Busquets won’t be able to work on an inflamed area as this might cause further complications.


Dr. Busquets offers stem cell therapy for people struggling with osteoarthritis in their knees. This involves injecting stem cells from other parts of your body into the affected area. Once inserted, the stem cells will renew themselves, effectively repairing the space they occupy.

Dr. Busquets also suggests other treatment options for osteoarthritis, including:

  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication
  • Pain reliever Acetaminophen
  • Physical and occupational therapies


Dr. Busquets recommends that you get the area gout affects bare, ice it down, rest, stay hydrated, and be patient. Your chances of a gout attack decrease if you have a balanced diet. This includes eating the right foods, such as:

  • Complex carbs: grains, oats, and fruits
  • Cherries and dark berries
  • Moderate amounts of coffee
  • Vitamin C and lemon juice
  • Olive oil based dishes for antioxidants
  • Low-fat animal products

Don’t put up with joint stiffness anymore. It’s time to get your mobility back with Dr. Busquets help. Call Primero Spine + Joint today or book an appointment online.