Pain is one of the most common, and most difficult, arthritis symptoms. Although there’s not a cure for arthritis yet, you can deal with difficult symptoms like arthritis pain very effectively through treatments like spinal cord stimulation, nerve blocks, or radiofrequency ablation at Center for Pain Management in Edinburg, Texas. Pain management physician Tajul "Tim” Chowdhury, MD and his skilled team are ready to help. Book now through the online tool or by phone.
The most commonly-occurring kinds of arthritis are:
There are more than 100 forms of arthritis and arthritis-like diseases, but all of them tend to have one thing in common: arthritis pain.
At least 30% of arthritis sufferers say that arthritis pain sometimes prevents them from work or recreation, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
You may also experience other symptoms like swollen joints, stiffness around your joints, inflamed joints, and restricted range-of-motion.
Dr. Chowdhury personalizes arthritis pain treatment at the Center for Pain Management for your needs. For many patients, a multidisciplinary approach works well, so you may have several of these treatments simultaneously.
Non-Opioid Pain Medications
Non-opioid pain medications can relieve your pain short-term, for several hours at a time. Medications in this category include ibuprofen, naproxen, or other anti-inflammatory drugs.
Atypical drugs may include anticonvulsants like pregabalin (Lyrica®) or antidepressants such as duloxetine (Cymbalta®). Although these drugs aren’t marketed as pain relievers, they can be quite effective in some cases.
Topical medications in the form of creams, ointments, or patches containing lidocaine or other medicines can be great for on-the-spot pain relief. Topical medications usually work best when combined with other pain relief measures like oral medication or injections.
Epidural or Joint Injections
Corticosteroid and anesthesia injections in your spine or in specific joints can relieve your pain for anywhere from days to months at a time. Most patients get optimal results from a series of injections, usually, three injections spaced over six weeks.
In addition to your medication or injections, Dr. Chowdhury may recommend lifestyle changes for extra pain relief. Some of these changes may include meditation or other stress management, a healthy new nutrition plan, carefully-crafted exercise routines, and biofeedback training.
If arthritis pain is becoming unbearable, get the lasting relief you need at Center for Pain Management. Book online or by phone today.