Arthritis Specialist

Pain Management Institute of Orlando

Pain Management Physicians located in Altamonte Springs, FL

Arthritis is an umbrella term for over 100 different diseases that cause joint pain. If you’re one of the 54 million Americans who live with arthritic pain, contact Juliet Burry, MD, at the Pain Management Institute of Orlando in Altamonte, Florida. Dr. Burry offers innovative and customized treatment plans to relieve your pain and restore the quality of your life. Call the Pain Management Institute of Orlando or make an appointment online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a collection of chronic diseases that causes painful inflammation and swelling in your joints. Your affected joints can be stiff, swollen, and red, and you can experience a reduced range of motion. More than 100 different types of arthritic diseases affect patients of all ages, genders, and ethnicities.

Osteoarthritis — the degenerative form of the disease — is the most common type of arthritis. It develops as the smooth cartilage that cushions your joints wears away. As a result, there’s nothing to lubricate your joint or protect your bones, and when you move your bones grind together, causing irritation, inflammation, and pain.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes your body to attack the synovial lining in your joints, causing inflammation, pain, and reduced mobility. RA is usually symmetrical, which means that both sides of your body are affected at the same time. For example, you can have RA symptoms in both of your feet or knees.

What causes arthritis?

Arthritis is often hereditary, so if a member of your family has arthritis, chances are that you’ll develop the condition. Your risk also increases if you:

  • Are overweight
  • Smoke
  • Had previous joint injuries or surgeries

Women are more likely than men to develop rheumatoid arthritis, while men have a higher chance of experiencing gout.

How is arthritis treated?

If you think you have arthritis, schedule an appointment at the Pain Management Institute of Florida right away. The earlier you start treatment, the better chance you have of significantly reducing your symptoms and maintaining a high quality of life.

Dr. Burry offers customized treatments to relieve arthritis pain and improve your overall health, including the strength and flexibility in the muscles that surround your affected joints. Your pain management program can include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Steroid injections
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Nerve blocks

Dr. Burry could also suggest lifestyle changes to help you lose weight and improve your strength, flexibility, and balance. She could also refer you for physical therapy. In extreme cases, Dr. Burry will recommend joint replacement surgery.

If you’re living with joint pain, call the Pain Management Institute of Orlando or make an appointment online today to talk to Dr. Burry about the best way to manage your arthritis.