Arthritis

L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group

Jonathan Levin, MD

Pain Medicine located in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, CA

Arthritis is common, affecting more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children in the United States. If stiff, achy, and painful joints prevent you from enjoying your favorite everyday activities, the experienced pain medicine physician at L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group in the Beverly Grove area in Los Angeles can help, offering revolutionary arthritis treatments to help you feel better and prevent serious arthritis-related complications. Schedule an appointment with L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group by phone or online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a group of joint diseases that causes joint swelling and tenderness. It’s the leading cause of disability in the United States. Of the more than 100 types of arthritis and arthritis-related conditions, the most common ones are:

  • Osteoarthritis, related to an injury or aging
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease
  • Infectious arthritis
  • Gout, associated with uric acid buildup
  • Psoriatic arthritis, affecting people with psoriasis

While your risk of arthritis increases with age, it can happen to anybody. Juvenile arthritis is a form of rheumatoid arthritis that occurs in children.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Symptoms of arthritis affect your joints — especially your ankles, knees, hips, elbows, and shoulders — and the way you feel overall. The following signs and symptoms indicate arthritis:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased range of motion

Over time, prolonged joint swelling can reduce your mobility, lead to severe joint deformities, and cause problems with your eyes and other organs.

What are the risk factors for arthritis?

Arthritis can happen to anybody, but certain factors increase your risk of developing it. Examples include:

  • Older age
  • Being a woman
  • Obesity
  • Having a previous joint injury
  • A family history of arthritis

If you have symptoms of arthritis or risk factors associated with it, the providers at L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group diagnose your condition and help you manage the disease to reduce or eliminate complications.

How is arthritis treated?

At L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group, the experienced pain management specialists review your medical history and symptoms, complete a physical examination, and can order imaging or blood tests to determine which type of arthritis you have. Your personalized treatment plan is based on your diagnosis and its severity and can include:

Physical therapy

Physical therapy increases your joint strength and range of motion and improves mobility when you have stiff or tender joints associated with arthritis.

Alternative medicine

Alternative medicine can ease arthritis pain and prevent the disease from getting worse. Examples include dietary supplements, massage, ice and heat treatment, acupuncture, and yoga or tai chi.

Medications

Oral medications and injections help reduce inflammation, relieve arthritis pain, and prevent the disease from progressing.

Shock wave therapy

Dr. Levin at L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group uses innovative OrthoPulse® shock wave therapy to manage arthritis. The treatment uses a pulse wave generator that delivers sound waves to injured joints to improve healing and ease the pain by improving blood flow to the injured area.

Stem cell treatment

Pain management specialists at L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group use revolutionary stem cell injections to generate new tissue, enhance your body’s natural healing ability, and ease long-lasting pain associated with arthritis.

Don’t let joint stiffness, swelling, and pain from arthritis go untreated when simple solutions are available at L.A. Pain and Performance Medical Group. Call for an appointment today or use the online booking tool.