Arthritis

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NovaSpine Pain Institute

Pain Management in Sun City, Sun City West and Gilbert, Arizona

More than 50 million people in the United States suffer from arthritis pain. Arthritis can interfere with daily tasks and prevent you from participating in the activities you enjoy. The experienced team at NovaSpine Pain Institute, with offices in Sun City West, Sun City, and Gilbert, Arizona, can evaluate your joint pain and design a treatment plan to help manage your symptoms. To end the frustration of painful arthritis, call the office nearest you today or use the online contact form.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

There are more than 100 types of arthritis, a condition characterized by inflammation of the joints. The most common types of arthritis include:

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the result of wear-and-tear on your joints that erodes cartilage, the tissue that cushions the joints, over time. When cartilage breaks down, bone-on-bone contact can cause joint pain and stiffness and interfere with range of motion.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis causes the immune system to attack the lining of the joint capsule. This lining, called the synovium, becomes inflamed and swollen, eventually leading to a thickening of the tissue that makes the joints appear twisted and enlarged. Rheumatoid arthritis can severely limit your ability to perform tasks and function normally.

Gout

Gout arises when the body has trouble eliminating uric acid crystals. Uric acid is a natural substance produced during digestion and cellular regeneration. When your kidneys can’t eliminate uric acid, it forms crystals that lodge within your joints, causing attacks of severe pain.

Who is at risk of developing arthritis?

Older adults and women are most likely to develop arthritis. Additional risk factors for the most common types of arthritis include:

  • Genetics
  • Environmental factors
  • Previous joint injury
  • Obesity

High alcohol consumption and excess sugar, red meat, and shellfish in your diet can increase your risk of developing gout.

How is arthritis diagnosed?

The specialists at NovaSpine Pain Institute use the most advanced diagnostic tests and tools to diagnose arthritis. During your evaluation, your doctor reviews your health history, discusses your symptoms in detail, and does a physical exam.

Your doctor could also recommend blood and/or urine tests to determine which type of arthritis is causing your symptoms.

How is arthritis treated?

Your pain management specialist at NovaSpine Pain Institute designs a personalized treatment plan based on your type of arthritis and other individual factors. Your custom treatment plan can include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Facet joint injections
  • Regenerative therapies
  • Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)

The NovaSpine Pain Institute team of experts specializes in minimally invasive pain management treatments performed in their offices.

Don’t let joint pain harm the quality of your life. Schedule an evaluation at NovaSpine Pain Institute by calling the nearest office today or using the online contact form.