Nearly half of the population over 65 is affected by the stiffness and pain of arthritis. To help you manage pain and increase mobility, the medical team at the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona, offers several on-site treatment options, including joint injections. At the five locations in Oro Valley, Green Valley, and Tucson, Arizona, you’ll find experienced pain management specialists to help you cope with arthritis pain and reduce disease progression. You can also visit Regional Pain Institute in Apache Junction, San Tan Valley, and Gilbert, Arizona, a division of the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona. Learn more by calling or booking a consultation online.
Arthritis is a chronic condition that affects your joints. There are over 100 types of arthritis, but many people struggle with the symptoms of two specific types -- rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes your body to mistakenly attack the healthy lining of the joints. This results in inflammation and irritation that can become painful and debilitating.
In osteoarthritis, the cartilage that protects the ends of the bones deteriorates, causing the bones that form a joint to rub together. This friction can cause pain and stiffness that makes it difficult to move the affected joint.
If you’ve had a previous joint injury, you may be at increased risk for developing arthritis. When arthritis runs in your family, your risk for developing the same condition increases, too.
In addition to persistent pain and stiffness in your joints, you may also develop issues such as:
As the disease progresses, it can interfere with your mobility, making it increasingly difficult to sit, walk, or remain physically active.
Your Pain Institute of Southern Arizona (PISA) provider can often determine you have arthritis based on your symptoms. They perform a physical exam of the affected joint, checking for swelling and areas of tenderness.
In some cases, imaging tests are needed to evaluate the health of your joint. X-rays and CT scans can identify bone damage and the loss of cartilage that indicates arthritis.
Arthritis treatments depend on the type of arthritis you have and the severity of your symptoms. During the consultation, your provider will be able to determine the best treatment based on the severity.
For advanced arthritis that causes chronic pain, your provider may suggest joint injections. This treatment delivers anti-inflammatory medications and a local anesthetic into the joint to reduce inflammation and disrupt the pain signals.
The goal of treatment is to improve your quality of life while slowing down the progression of the disease. In the most advanced cases, a referral for joint replacement surgery may be necessary.
Find out more about treating chronic arthritis pain by requesting a consultation online or by phone today.