Arthritis Specialist

The Pain, Spine, and Sports Institute

Rehan Ali, MD

Pain Management Specialist located in Paramus, NJ & Jersey City, NJ

To slow down the progression of arthritis and find relief from chronic pain, skilled interventional pain management specialist, Rehan Ali, MD, offers innovative, minimally invasive treatment options at The Pain, Spine, and Sports Institute. At the office in Paramus, New Jersey, Dr. Ali develops treatment plans customized to your needs and offers advanced therapies, like regenerative medicine, to help you find long-term relief of arthritis-related pain and disability. Find out more about treatment options available for arthritis by calling The Pain, Spine, and Sports Institute today or by requesting an appointment online now.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a chronic joint disease. While there’s over 100 different types of arthritis, the most common types that cause pain and interfere with mobility include:

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a condition where the protective cartilage at the end of your bones wears out and breaks down, allowing bones to rub together. This rubbing creates friction that leads to chronic pain and limitations in mobility.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory type of arthritis that results from an autoimmune disorder. The immune system mistakenly attacks healthy joint tissue, leading to chronic inflammation, irritation, and pain.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Arthritis symptoms can start gradually and get worse over time. Irritation and inflammation in the joint lead to chronic pain and other symptoms:

  • Redness
  • Stiffness
  • Limited flexibility
  • Loss of range of motion

If left untreated, arthritis can cause permanent deformities in the joint that results in disability and chronic pain.

When over-the-counter medications aren’t enough to control your arthritis pain and symptoms, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Ali at The Pain, Spine, and Sports Institute as soon as possible.

How is arthritis diagnosed?

Diagnosing arthritis starts with a review of your personal and family medical history and a physical exam of the affected joint. Dr. Ali assesses the joint, looking for the redness, swelling, and warmth that are common with arthritis. He may also request imaging tests, like X-rays, to evaluate the extent of your joint damage.

In some cases, you may also need blood testing to rule out infections in the joint that may be causing your symptoms.

Once he confirms your pain relates to arthritis, Dr. Ali creates a treatment plan that focuses on relieving your pain and increasing the function of your joint.

How is arthritis treated?

Your treatment plan for arthritis depends on the type of arthritis you have and its severity. Initially, treating mild arthritis pain involves over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories. 

You may also benefit from physical therapy and at-home exercises to strengthen the muscles that support your joints.

When arthritis pain is disabling, Dr. Ali may recommend regenerative medicine therapies using platelet-rich plasma (PRP). 

PRP contains growth factors that speed up and improve the efficiency of your natural healing ability. Injections of PRP stimulate your body to produce new, healthy tissue to replace damaged joint tissue, providing you with long-term relief of pain.

Dr. Ali also specializes in viscosupplementation treatment for knee arthritis. This minimally invasive procedure involves injections of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance already in your body, to lubricate and cushion the knee joint to reduce friction and pain.

If you have chronic joint pain and need solutions to improve your mobility, schedule an evaluation at The Pain, Spine, and Sports Institute today online or by calling the office.

 

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