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Arthritis Specialist

Premier Pain Consultants

Pain Management Practice located in Fullerton, CA & Irvine, CA

Arthritis, a common condition caused by inflamed joints, can leave you feeling stiff and in pain, even at a young age. Joseph Ho, MD, and Weiwah Rob Kwok, MD, at Premier Pain Consultants in Fullerton, California, offer solutions for the pain and discomfort caused by arthritis. If you’re finding it increasingly difficult to move your joints, call or schedule an appointment online to find out how you can manage your arthritis.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a condition characterized by inflamed joints. When your joints are inflamed, it can be difficult to move, and you may feel stiffness and pain. There are two common types of arthritis:

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is caused by the normal erosion over time of the cartilage in your joints. Once the erosion reaches a certain extent, the bones in your joints begin to rub together painfully. This makes it difficult for you to move. It can develop slowly or be sped up by an injury to your joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis

With rheumatoid arthritis, your immune system attacks and damages the lining of the capsule that surrounds your joints. The lining becomes swollen, making it difficult and painful for you to move your joints. Over time, the cartilage and bone in your joints deteriorate. When this happens, the joints become loose, unstable, and deformed.

What does arthritis feel like?

Arthritis comes with several common symptoms that affect your joints. Typical symptoms of arthritis include:

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

If you notice new or worsening symptoms in your joints, visit Premier Pain Consultants for an examination. Since arthritis worsens over time, it’s beneficial for you to begin arthritis treatment as soon as possible after a diagnosis.

What are my treatment options for arthritis?

Premier Pain Consultants offers several treatment options for arthritis. Dr. Kwok or Dr. Ho may offer you:

Regenerative medicine

Regenerative medicine products are naturally derived and aim to heal your joints and improve their mobility. Stem cells and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) are injected into your joints to help heal and regenerate the damaged tissues.

Nerve blocks

Nerve blocks are treatments designed to stop the pain signals from your nerves from getting to your brain. When you take nerve-blocking medications for arthritis, you don’t feel the pain in your joints. While the relief is immediate, it doesn’t provide a long-term solution for the underlying joint damage.

Steroid injections

You can get steroid injections to treat your arthritis. Your body creates natural steroids to reduce inflammation, and artificial steroids can do the same in your joints.

Joint injections with viscosupplements

Joint injections with viscosupplements such as hyaluronate replace the fluid that makes your joints move smoothly. They allow you to move without rigidity and with less pain.

If you’re experiencing joint stiffness or pain from arthritis, call or schedule an appointment online at Premier Pain Consultants for relief and easy movement.

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