At The NeuroMedical Institute, our pain specialists have been trained to evaluate, diagnose and treat various types of acute and chronic pain. Pain can be caused by a wide array of problems, including injury, surgery, cancer, nerve damage or certain diseases like diabetes. In some cases, the pain develops on its own with no obvious cause. If you are dealing with arthritis pain and have been looking for a qualified and knowledgeable pain specialist, look no further than the team at The NeuroMedical Institute in Panama City.
The word “arthritis” isn’t actually a diagnosis, but a description of over 100 diseases and conditions that cause joint problems. Since some of these conditions can cause permanent joint damage, the first step in developing an appropriate treatment is correctly diagnosing the cause of the arthritis.
Our medical professionals specialize in treating diseases of the bones, muscles and joints, including the various kinds of arthritis. Regardless of whether or not the patient’s arthritis pain is caused by joint inflammation, we can generally treat it through a variety of methods and techniques.
The exact treatment and management will depend on the type of arthritis and the extent of the arthritis pain. In many cases, though, our doctor will recommend pain medication. They will likely start with drugs that don’t require a prescription. If those aren’t effective, the doctor will prescribe something stronger. In severe cases, the doctor may prescribe corticosteroids, depending on the situation.
Our doctor may advise the patient to exercise and/or undergo physical therapy. Staying at a healthy weight will help to reduce stress on the joints. Exercise will improve the patient’s mobility, increase their stamina and reduce arthritis pain. Our doctor may have the patient do range-of-motion exercises every day to improve and maintain the flexibility of their joints. Exercises that increase muscle strength will increase the joints’ stability; such exercises should be done every day or every other day.
Our pain specialist may recommend heat or cold for short-term pain relief. Cold numbs pain, while heat relaxes sore muscles. Certain types of creams may also be effective.
Treatment for arthritis pain is not one-size-fits-all. During a consultation at The NeuroMedical Institute in Panama City, you can learn about your treatment options for your unique situation. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation!