Treating arthritis does not have to be a long and arduous process. When you’re just starting to seek medical advice about your joint pain, it might feel like you’re starting a massive uphill battle. You’re not sure how painful the treatments are, if it will relieve your arthritis symptoms, who to call about pain management, and whether or not your insurance is accepted. Your first step is knowing the right joint treatment specialists to contact, as meeting with outstanding pain medicine doctors makes this journey infinitely easier.
As soon as you step into Pain Treatment Specialists, you’ll feel instantly at ease. Not only are our cutting-edge pain clinics immaculately clean and well-appointed, but you’ll feel cared for by everyone in our offices. From our friendly and helpful front desk team, to our medical assistants, to our board certified and Harvard-trained pain doctors, every person on staff at Pain Treatment Specialists strives to make your visit safe, comfortable, and beneficial. If you’re unsure about pursuing joint treatments because of insurance, know that we accept most major insurance carriers, including Medicare. Together, we’ll create a customized treatment plan that works to address your specific joint pains, knee pain, hip pain, or lower back pain. When you’re beginning the journey to a pain free life, we’ll make sure that the road map is clear and consistent.
Who Are the Top Joint Specialists for Joint Pains?
Joint pains can occur because of different types of arthritis, as well as from injuries or accidents. The joint specialists at Pain Treatment Specialists use their extensive knowledge of your anatomy, joint function, and pain medicine to both diagnose and treat your joint pains. Each of our pain management doctors are carefully chosen for their impressive educational backgrounds, as well as their compassionate bedside manners. When you meet with a pain doctor at one of our Pain Clinics, you’re meeting with some of the best joint specialists in the country. Some of our joint pain doctors include:
- Dr. Shane Volney: Dr. Volney completed his pain management fellowship at The Massachusetts General Hospital—Harvard Medical School, which was followed by time spent as a Clinical Instructor at Harvard. During his 7 years as a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Volney taught medical students in the fields of pain medicine, palliative care, and anesthesiology. Dr. Volney enjoys working with patients to find minimally invasive solutions for joint pain that are tailored to each person’s needs and activity levels.
- Dr. Laura Lombardi: Dr. Lombardi is double board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine. Her specialized training in fluoroscopic-guided procedures means that she is adept and finding the exact location of your joint pain, and then administering an effective pain relief tool.
Dr. Lombardi and Dr. Volney are just two of the outstanding pain doctors you’ll find at Pain Treatment Specialists. Our pain doctors make it easy to speak candidly about your joint pain, and you’ll leave our pain clinics feeling hopeful about a pain-free future.
What Are Some Effective Pain Management Treatments for My Arthritis Symptoms?
Joint pains leave you stiff, sore, and swollen. Trying to complete your normal daily activities becomes twice as difficult when your joint pain acts up. The joint specialists at Pain Treatment Specialists have extensive experience using minimally invasive pain treatments for arthritis symptoms, knee pain, lower back pain, and hip pain. Our pain doctors do not recommend surgical treatments like knee replacement or hip replacement unless medically necessary, and instead focus on more conservative treatments for joint pain. Some of the joint pain treatments found at our pain clinics in NYC and NJ include:
- Physical Therapy: Physical therapists are experts in using your body’s strength and stamina to alleviate joint pain. Your physical therapist creates a customized exercise plan that could involve weights, aqua therapy, exercise machines, or heat/cold therapy to relieve your joint pain and swelling.
- Steroid Injections: One of the hardest issues when dealing with arthritis is the intense pain caused by your swollen joints. Steroid injections use a corticosteroid to reduce the swelling associated with arthritis, which in turn produces tremendous pain relief. Your pain doctor uses a special x-ray to determine the exact location of your joint pain, and then applies a local anesthetic at the injection site. You’ll be up and moving within the hour, and with a great deal less pain.
You can also use anti-inflammatory over-the-counter drugs to treat your joint pain, but their effectiveness tends to wane after a few hours. If you’re looking for long-lasting joint pain relief, it’s best to book an appointment at Pain Treatment Specialists.
What Are The Different Types of Arthritis?
Joint specialists are able to listen to your joint pain concerns, and then determine the underlying cause of your pain. It is important to understand the different types of arthritis, since their causes are quite different. When you meet with your joint specialists at Pain Treatment Specialists, you’ll have a chance to thoroughly discuss what type of joint pain you’re suffering from, what the best treatment options are, and what is the cause of your pain.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of joint pain, and occurs as we get older. Along with retirement and a pension, it’s one of the things we get to look forward to as we age! Osteoarthritis occurs from the wearing down of your natural cartilage, which causes friction between your bones. This friction in turn makes your joints sore, stiff, and unable to move easily. It is not an autoimmune condition, and most often strikes in your knees, hips, lower back, and neck.
Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by an underlying autoimmune issue, which can be diagnosed by a rheumatologist. The hallmark of rheumatoid arthritis is warm, swollen joints. The areas most often affected by RA are your hands and wrists, but it can affect other areas. Getting proper treatment for RA is critical, since it can cause a rapid deterioration in certain body parts.
You don’t need to feel overwhelmed when beginning the process of joint pain relief! Schedule an appointment at Pain Treatment Specialists and see how easy it is to take the first step towards a pain-free life.