Arthritis Specialist

Space City Pain Specialists

Pain Management Physicians located in Webster, Baytown, and Lake Jackson, TX

Arthritis may be the most common chronic condition in the United States, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with its uncomfortable symptoms. The experienced team at Space City Pain Specialists in Webster, Baytown, and Lake Jackson, Texas, offers the most innovative treatments available for dealing with chronic pain conditions, like arthritis. To find therapies that relieve your symptoms and increase your range of motion, call Space City Pain Specialists or book an appointment online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a term that describes inflammation in your joints. A joint is an area where at least two bones come together.

The most common symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Decreased range of motion

 

In many cases, your symptoms are often worse in the morning.

 

What causes arthritis?

There are more than 100 types of arthritis, and a decreased amount of cartilage is usually the cause. Cartilage is the flexible tissue that protects each of your joints.

The most common types of arthritis include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is due to normal wear and tear on your joints that leads to cartilage degeneration. This form of arthritis affects more than 30 million Americans and typically develops as you age. Your risk of developing osteoarthritis is also higher if you have a family history of the disease.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder. When you have this type of arthritis, your body’s immune system misfires and attacks the tissue lining your joints that keeps your cartilage healthy.

 

How is arthritis treated?

Your Space City pain management specialist works closely with you to develop a customized approach to managing your arthritis pain based on its cause. That approach might include anti-inflammatory medications, pain relievers, or special creams to disrupt pain signals from your joints.

Experts at Space City also offer cutting-edge interventional pain management treatments, including ablation and COOLIEF*.

Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation is a pain management therapy that uses heat to destroy the nerve fibers causing specific types of pain. Your pain management specialist uses X-ray-guided technology to insert a tiny probe into your spinal area near your affected nerve. After treating it with radiofrequency electrical waves, the nerve still functions but is no longer able to transmit pain signals to your brain.

COOLIEF*

Similar to ablation, COOLIEF* treatments disrupt pain signals going to your brain by destroying your nerve. However, this technique also circulates water through the treatment probe while your nerves are heated. This technique creates a larger treatment area and typically offers better long-term pain relief.

To learn more about innovative arthritis treatments at Space City Pain Specialists, call or schedule an appointment online today.