Arthritis Specialist

Pain Care, LLC

Interventional Spine & Pain Management located in Stockbridge, Newnan, Mcdonough, Johns Creek, & Griffin, GA

Of the 54 million Americans diagnosed with arthritis, one in four struggle with severe joint pain that often stops them from working. Whether your pain is moderate or severe, you can get effective relief from the experts at Pain Care, LLC. As interventional spine and pain management experts, they offer a wide range of advanced treatments that provide pain relief you can’t get with conservative care. To make an appointment, call the Metro Atlanta office in Stockbridge, Griffin, Newnan, McDonough, or Johns Creek, Georgia, or use the online booking feature.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis generally refers to joint inflammation, a problem that occurs in more than 100 different forms. Of all the different types, the two most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis:

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage starts to break down. Over many years of daily stress and movement, the cartilage progressively wears away and stops protecting the bones inside the joint. As a result, inflammation and bone spurs develop, and the bones suffer damage.

This type of arthritis typically begins in the large, weight-bearing joints such as your knees and hips. However, it frequently affects your spine (facet syndrome) and can develop in any joint.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis develops when your immune system attacks the synovial tissues that line the joint. The tissues become inflamed, and over time, the inflammation erodes the bones and causes joint deformities.

A unique characteristic of rheumatoid arthritis is that it develops in the same joint on both sides of your body. It’s also different from osteoarthritis because it typically begins in small joints like your fingers, hands, and feet.

What symptoms develop due to arthritis?

Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis both cause joint pain and stiffness. As the disease progressively worsens, your pain gradually increases, and your ability to move the joint becomes more limited.

The inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis can spread to other areas of your body. As a result, 40% of people with this type of arthritis develop symptoms in their eyes, skin, lungs, kidneys, blood vessels, and other parts of their body.

When arthritis occurs in the spine’s facet joints (facet syndrome), you can also develop spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal. Pain Care, LLC, treats spinal stenosis with the cutting-edge Vertiflex™ Superion® Indirect Decompression System. 

How is arthritis treated? 

The team at Pain Care, LLC, provides customized care for each patient based on the type of arthritis and the severity of their symptoms. However, treatment generally focuses on easing your pain, improving joint movement, and slowing down joint damage.

For both types of arthritis, it’s essential to keep moving the joint with exercise and physical therapy. Movement helps reduce inflammation and maintains function. 

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you need disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). These innovative medications help put the disease in remission and prevent progressive joint damage. 

When your pain doesn’t improve with conservative treatments, Pain Care, LLC, specializes in advanced treatments that stop pain signals from going through nerves, reduce inflammation, and promote healing, including:

  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Bone marrow aspirate injections
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Nerve blocks
  • Medication management
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Facet joint injections
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation 

If you struggle with arthritis, call Pain Care, LLC, or request an appointment online today.