Arthritis Pain Management

Arthritis is one of the leading causes of joint pain that affects more than 53 million American adults. To understand your arthritis symptoms and get relief from chronic pain and discomfort, visit Southern Pain Specialists in Birmingham, Alabama. Led by pain management specialist Kenneth Varley, MD, the team provides conservative and interventional pain management solutions for mild to severe arthritis.

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What Is Arthritis?

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Degenerative arthritis — also called osteoarthritis — is the most common type of arthritis that results from trauma, overuse, and wear and tear on your joints. It shows up mostly in the knee, shoulders, hips, and wrists.

Inflammatory arthritis is caused by inflammation that attacks and damages your joints. It typically appears in multiple joints at once and may have flare-ups. Common types are rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis.

Infectious arthritis occurs when an infection — possibly from a cut in your skin or surgery — attacks your joint. This is an emergency situation because the infection can cause serious damage to your joints in a short period of time.

Metabolic arthritis is the result of metabolic end products from your digestive system getting deposited into your joints. The most common type is gout, which shows up most often in the big toe as redness, swelling, and pain.

How Is Arthritis Diagnosed?

Arthritis is diagnosed through consultation, physical exam, imaging — most often X-rays — and possibly blood testing. Dr. Varley always completes thorough exams to identify the cause of your arthritis symptoms and provides treatment as quickly as possible so you can get relief from your joint pain and discomfort right away.

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How Is Arthritis Treated?

Treatment for arthritis depends on your diagnosis and the severity of your symptoms. Conservative management of arthritis symptoms includes:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications.
  • Over-the-counter pain medications.
  • Physical therapy.
  • Changes to your diet, in cases of metabolic arthritis
  • Weight loss, if appropriate.

For more complicated arthritis cases, Dr. Varley also provides advanced forms of therapy, including:

  • Nerve blocks.
  • Radiofrequency ablation (RFA).
  • Facet injections.
  • Viscosupplementation for chronic knee pain.
  • Sacroiliac joint injections.
  • Epidural steroid injections.

Ready to Take Control of Your Pain?

Experience personalized care at Southern Pain Specialists. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Kenneth Varley today.