If the chronic pain and inflammation of arthritis are slowing you down, you can find help at Florida Medical Pain Management. At their offices in St. Petersburg, New Port Richey, and Spring Hill, Florida, the experienced medical team offers comprehensive arthritis management to help you find long-term relief from joint pain and to ensure that you can remain physically active and healthy for years to come. If you’re looking for solutions for arthritis pain, schedule a consultation to learn more about available services for arthritis management.
Arthritis Management Q & A
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is an incurable condition that causes inflammation and pain in your joints. Your risk of developing arthritis increases as you age and if you suffer a joint injury.
While there are more than 100 known types of arthritis, the two most common that interfere with joint mobility and cause persistent pain are:
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that develops when the protective cartilage that covers the end of your bones breaks down and wears away. This allows the bones to rub together, creating friction that leads to chronic inflammation, stiffness, and pain.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory condition that develops due to dysfunction in your autoimmune system. The condition causes persistent pain because the immune system mistakenly attacks the healthy lining of your joints, leading to chronic inflammation, immobility, and pain in the affected joints.
To help you live a happy, healthy life, even with arthritis, the team at Florida Medical Pain Management offers customized arthritis management plans.
What’s involved in arthritis management?
The pain management specialists at Florida Medical Pain Management take an individualized approach to managing the symptoms of arthritis. They tailor a treatment plan based on the type of arthritis you have, which of your joints are affected, and how severe your pain and immobility are.
If you have unexplained joint pain, the team provides comprehensive physicals and can use imaging tests like X-rays to confirm that arthritis is the cause.
In the early stages of arthritis, your Florida Medical Pain Management provider could recommend over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and pain relievers along with ice or heat therapy. They could also suggest topical creams that contain anesthetic medicines or use injectable steroids combined with anesthetics to relieve inflammation and pain.
For advanced arthritis, the team offers other therapies including transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), a noninvasive technology that delivers a low-voltage electrical current to the affected nerves through the skin. The electric current blocks pain signals from traveling to the brain and triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller.
The team at Florida Medical Pain Management also offers regenerative medicine therapies.
How does regenerative medicine treat arthritis?
Regenerative medicine focuses on healing your body from the inside out. The team at Florida Medical Pain Management uses injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cells to repair damaged joints.
PRP contains special growth factors that stimulate the growth of new tissue to replace damaged cartilage around the joint. Stem cells have the unique ability to become any type of cell, including bone, muscle, nerves, and cartilage. The new tissue restores the structures of your joint to increase your mobility and range of motion and provide long-term pain relief.
If you’re unable to work or stay active because of chronic arthritis pain, schedule a consultation at Florida Medical Pain Management online or by calling the office nearest you.