Arthritis

Pain Medicine Group

Interventional Pain Medicine & Sports Medicine located in Fort Myers, FL, Oviedo, FL & Sarasota, FL

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States. With more than 35 years of experience managing arthritis pain, the specialists at Pain Medicine Group provide a range of treatment options to alleviate your discomfort and improve your quality of life, including cutting-edge regenerative treatments such as stem cell and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. For effective treatment and management of your arthritis pain, call one of the offices to schedule an appointment with Michael A. Worobel, DO in Fort Myers, Nicole E. Burns, DO in Sarasota, or Mauna M. Radahd, MD or Jason C.Tse, DO in Oviedo, Florida, or use the online booking tool.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a medical condition that causes inflammation and pain in your joints. The condition can affect any joint in your body, but it most commonly affects the spine, shoulders, hips, and knees. Anyone can develop arthritis, but it affects more women than men.

Symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Inflamed or swollen joints
  • Decreased range of motion

The severity of your symptoms can vary from mild to severe, and in some cases, they can be debilitating and affect your quality of life.

What are the types of arthritis?

There are several types of arthritis, but osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of joint pain. It occurs when the cartilage between your joints has worn down, causing the bones to grind on each other, leading to pain and discomfort. Natural wear-and-tear occurs over decades, but an infection or an injury may cause the cartilage to deteriorate more quickly.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes your body to attack the synovial membrane, which encloses your joints, leading to inflammation, pain, and reduced mobility.

Other types of arthritis include gout and psoriatic arthritis.

How is arthritis treated?

At Pain Medicine Group, the team takes a multidisciplinary approach to relieve your joint pain and may recommend physical therapy as an element of your treatment strategy to improve your range of motion.

Other treatment options include:

  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and pain relievers
  • Corticosteroids
  • Exercise therapy

The team also offers cutting-edge regenerative treatments for arthritis, including a combination of stem cell and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapies.

How do stem cell and PRP therapy work?

The specialists at Pain Medicine Group may recommend stem cell therapy in conjunction with PRP to reduce joint inflammation and assist in the regeneration of tissue. When injected into your joint, these revolutionary treatments harness your body’s own natural healing power. The stem cells regenerate tissue, while the PRP accelerates the healing process.

For effective arthritis management, your doctor may recommend 1-3 treatments. Each treatment takes no more than 30 minutes and doesn’t require any downtime.

If arthritis is impacting your quality of life, call the pain experts at Pain Medicine Group or book an appointment online.