Florida Spine & Pain Management Institute



Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. Aging is the main factor why people suffer from osteoarthritis. As a person ages, his or her joint cartilage is more prone to wear-and-tear damages which may result to direct bone grinding. This may now restrict movement and causes pain and discomfort.

Rheumatoid Conditions

Rheumatoid conditions happen when the immune system of the body attacks the synovial membrane of the joint capsules of the bone. The synovial lining becomes swollen and inflamed causing too much discomfort and pain. This, in turn, may result in severe damage to the cartilage and bones of the affected joint.

What Causes Arthritis?

Most kinds of arthritis depend on some or a combination of factors but have no specific cause.  In most cases, arthritis appears to be unpredictable and it can attack at any time.
Other underlying factors that may increase the risk of arthritis are age, gender, previous injury, infection, smoking, physically demanding occupation, food and fluid intake and genetically inherited.
The cause of arthritis varies on the type of arthritis. The possible causes of arthritis may include the following:

  • Injury leading to degenerative arthritis
  • Abnormal metabolism leading to gout
  • Genetically inherited such as osteoarthritis
  • Infections like arthritis of Lyme disease
  • Immune system dysfunction resulting in rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosu

Interventional Pain Management For Arthritis Pain

Rheumatoid Conditions

Injections of cortisone can help reduce pain and inflammation in a specific part of the body. The most
common sites for injection are the ankle, elbow, hip, knee, shoulder, spine, and wrist. Cortisone injections
may help even minor joints in your hands or feet. This injection contains corticosteroid medication and local
anesthesia. Inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, may be best treated with cortisone shots.

Viscosupplementation Injections

If you have tried all other non-surgical treatment options for arthritis without success, viscosupplementation injections may be the best option for you. Hyaluronic acid, a gel-like fluid, is injected into the knee joint in this treatment. Hyaluronic acid is present in the synovial fluid that surrounds joints and is a naturally occurring chemical. It works as a shock absorber for joint loads and as a lubricant to allow bones to slide smoothly over each other. Hyaluronic acid levels in the joints of people with osteoarthritis are lower than usual. The idea is that injecting hyaluronic acid into an arthritic joint will let it move more freely and minimize discomfort.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

PRP injections are used to treat a variety of ailments, including arthritis. Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a
type of regenerative medicine that can increase the natural growth factors that your body employs to repair
tissue. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy accelerates the repair of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and
joints by injecting a concentrated concentration of the patient’s platelets. PRP injections work by utilizing
each patient’s healing system to alleviate musculoskeletal issues.

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

RFA (radiofrequency ablation) is a pain-relieving technique. Heat is used in radiofrequency ablation (RFA) to
kill the tissue. Radio waves are transmitted through a carefully placed needle to heat a portion of the nerve
for pain relief. As a result, pain signals aren’t delivered back to your brain. RFA is used to treat long-term
pain issues, such as those in the neck, lower back, or arthritic joints, that haven’t responded to previous

Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS)

A spinal cord stimulator is an implanted device that relieves pain by delivering low doses of electricity directly to the spinal cord.  When nonsurgical pain therapy approaches have failed to offer adequate relief, spinal cord stimulation is performed. To test and implant a spinal cord stimulator, two operations are required: the trial and the implantation. Spinal cord stimulation can improve the general quality of life and sleep while also lowering the need for painkillers. It’s usually used in conjunction with other pain-relieving medications.

Effective And Reliable Pain Management For Arthritis Pain

Interventional pain management aims to reduce the amount of pain if not to entirely relieve patients from pain while preventing additional damage to your body joints.  Florida Spine & Pain is committed to helping patients recover and return their affected joints into its mobility, flexibility and functionality. With interventional pain management, patients no longer need to suffer and worry about arthritis.