Arthritis refers to the inflammation of one or more joints. There are over 100 different forms of arthritis. The most common form is osteoarthritis, a progressive non-inflammatory disorder of the synovial joints. Signs and symptoms range from mild discomfort to disability. Patients may experience asymmetrical joint pain, stiffness, and/or crepitus. The cause is unknown, but age is a risk factor.
Another form is rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which is characterized by inflammation of connective tissue in the synovial joints. Patients may have periods of remission and exacerbation. Signs and symptoms include symmetrical joint pain, stiffness, limited range of motion, heat, swelling and/or tenderness. Frequently, RA affects small joints, such as the hands and feet. The cause is unknown. Psoriatic arthritis is a form of arthritis predisposed from a common skin condition called psoriasis. It can occur in many forms, including:
- Arthritis of the hands and feet
- Asymmetric arthritis of joints of the extremities
- Symmetrical polyarthritis
- Arthritis of the sacroiliac joints and spine
- Arthritis mutilans
Some of the treatments we offer to treat arthritis pain include stem cell injections, joint & bursa injections, sacroiliac joint injections, facet/nerve root blocks, facet/medial nerve block, cervical medial branch radio frequency ablation, radio frequency thermocoagulation and intrathecal pain pumps.