Arthritis is severe inflammation of the joints, which can occur in any joint of the body, but is commonly found in the spine, shoulders, hips, and knees. The most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis, an age-related wear and tear process and rheumatoid arthritis, an auto-immune mediated process within the joints. Our Fort Myers pain management team at Pain Medicine Group can accurately evaluate each patient to determine appropriate candidacy for treatment. We have 35 years of experience in the field of pain management, including treatment for arthritis.
The treatment you undergo will depend on the type of arthritis. Platelet Rich Plasma and stem cell therapy have been shown to have great benefit in recent research and we are excited to offer this treatment option in our clinics. Since arthritis is a condition which affects the joints, it can create varying symptoms from slight discomfort to an inability to use the hands or fingers easily.
There are a number of risk factors which contribute to the likelihood of a person developing arthritis. These includes obesity, family history, advancing age, and history of joint infection, trauma, or surgery. There can be many different types of arthritis and the two main types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It refers to the age-related wear-and-tear damage that happens to your joints and the cartilage within the joints. The lack of cartilage can be so severe that is results in virtually no cushion between the bones, causing bone-on-bone joint grinding. This results in pain and stiffness.
Rheumatoid arthritis is very different than osteoarthritis. In this condition, the body’s immune system attacks the joint and synovial space within the joint capsule, making it inflamed and swollen. The joint slowly gets more and more damaged, often resulting in pain.
To make an appointment for a consultation with a Fort Myers pain management specialist, call us now at (888) 832-3597.