Chronic pain, whether it be from a degenerative disease, prior injury, or pain-related condition, requires special care. Many doctors may allege to be pain management physicians, but unless they’re full credentialed, chances are they’re not a specialist within the pain management realm of medicine. The team at American Spine is fellowship-trained and board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology or the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Regardless, when it comes to managing pain from a degenerative condition like arthritis, it’s best to see a specialist like the ones at American Spine. Our treatment options provide relief for those suffering from back, neck and joint pain. Review some of the therapies available to patients with arthritis pain below:
A steroid injection is a corticosteroid and anesthetic mixture that provides pain relief that can last a few weeks or a few years (no more than two, usually). The corticosteroid reduces inflammation and swelling in the area it is injected, and the anesthetic provides numbness from the pain. These injections can be used for spinal problems or pain conditions including, but not limited to, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, a herniated disc, or sciatica. For more information on this kind treatment, visit the epidural injection page on our website by clicking “here.” This webpage will address how the injection is administered, what the side effects and risks are and how long the pain relief will last.
Platelet Rich Plasma Injections
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections may be another great treatment option for those suffering from arthritis pain. PRP injections use the body’s regenerative properties to heal tendon, muscle and ligament injuries. Your body’s platelets have growth factors and cytokines to improve cellular reproduction, which can regenerate soft tissues, bones and blood vessels. This technique generally has very few risks or side effects because the patient’s own blood is being used. The process in receiving and administering the platelet rich plasma can be read by clicking “here.” Although the therapy is known for healing injuries, it can also provide relief for those with arthritis (osteoarthritis).
At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246).
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
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