Rheumatoid arthritis is a progressive disease that causes inflammation around the joints often causing deformity and affecting mobility of the extremities (hands, wrists, ankles, feet). Treatment for RA often includes medication management.
Osteoarthritis is a common form of joint pain and degenerative joint disease associated with a breakdown of the joint cartilage. It most commonly affects weight bearing joints such as those in the knees, hips and back, however can impact any joint in the body. Osteoarthritis (OA) patients often respond well to non-surgical interventional pain management procedures.
What are the symptoms of Osteoarthritis?
- Aching and soreness in the joint area (especially affected by movement)
- Enlargements around the joints often of the middle or end joints of the fingers
Age, overuse, obesity and hereditary factors are all possible causes of osteoarthritis.
How can arthritis pain be treated?
The pain caused by this condition can be treated in multiple ways and depends on the region affected. Some patients find relief through exercise, topical cream treatments and weightloss. For more serious pain several options offered by interventional pain management specialists may help:
- Steroid injections and facet joint injections
- Nerve blocks such as the genicular nerve block
- Non steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs)
- Hyaluronic Acid Injections such as Supartz knee injections