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The most common root cause of chronic joint pain, arthritis can affect anyone at any age. If the misery of aching joints and burning pain is affecting your quality of life, interventional pain management specialists of Richmond Spine Interventions and Pain Center can help. At their Midlothian, Virginia, and Richmond, Virginia, locations, Dr. Nazmi and his colleagues deliver compassionate care and the latest treatments for people with arthritis, including arthritis of the spine. Call the office to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.

What is arthritis?

The term arthritis covers numerous diseases, all of which cause joint pain. Some forms, like gout, tend to attack specific joints, whereas others affect multiple joints. The two most common forms of arthritis are:

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is most common in older people, typically starting to cause symptoms from middle age. The condition is due to wear-and-tear of the cartilage protecting the ends of your bones, which erodes over the years to expose the bone. Without protection, the bones in your joints develop inflammation and stiffness, eventually becoming weak and distorted.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is more likely to develop at a younger age. Its cause is autoimmune, which means your immune system starts to attack cells in your body as though they were invading microorganisms. The result is inflammation and damage of the joint linings.

Can I get arthritis in my spine?

You might think that because arthritis is a disease of the joints, it wouldn't affect your spine; however, there's a series of small joints linking the vertebrae that are susceptible to arthritis.

The facet joints can develop osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other arthritic conditions and are a common cause of chronic back pain. As the joints deteriorate, your body reacts by producing osteophytes — growths called bone spurs meant to strengthen the weakened spine.

Unfortunately, more often than not, bone spurs add to the problem. They constrict the spinal canal, causing spinal stenosis, and may press on spinal nerves, causing radiculopathy.

Spinal osteoarthritis often develops alongside degenerative disc disease, another wear-and-tear condition. The spongy discs that cushion and stabilize your spine dry out over the years, becoming stiffer and thinner. 

This compounds the arthritic pain and stiffness in your back and often leads to disc herniation.

How is arthritis treated?

Arthritis is a disease that generally worsens over time, and as of yet, there's no cure. However, Richmond Spine Interventions and Pain Center offers a range of effective therapies that can relieve pain, reduce stiffness, and slow down the progression of your arthritis.

Potential treatments include:

  • Physical therapy

  • Medication

  • Facet joint injections

  • Joint injections

  • Radiofrequency rhizotomy

Staying active, losing weight if you're overweight or obese, and making healthy diet and lifestyle choices can all help reduce the severity of your symptoms and keep you mobile for longer.

Don't struggle alone with arthritis; call Richmond Spine Interventions and Pain Center today or book an appointment online.

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OUR SERVICES
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Epidural Steroid Injections

involves injecting a local anesthetic and a steroid medication directly into the epidural space that surrounds the spinal cord and nerve roots.

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Kyphoplasty

a minimally invasive treatment that can repair spinal fractures caused by osteoporosis, cancer, or benign lesions.

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Facet Joint Injections

may be done to help diagnose the facet joints as the source of the patient's pain, as well as to provide pain relief.

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Joint Injections

a joint injection is a procedure used in the treatment of inflammatory joint conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, tendinitis, bursitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and occasionally osteoarthritis.

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Spinal Cord Stimulation

is used to replace pain with a different feeling. Some people describe this feeling as a gentle massaging sensation or, in some cases, simply absence of pain.

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Radiofrequency Ablation

a medical procedure in which part of the electrical conduction system of the heart, tumor or other dysfunctional tissue is ablated using the heat generated from medium frequency alternating current.

Accepted Insurances

We accept nearly all major insurance plans.

For questions regarding your specific coverage, please contact the office.

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OUR LOCATIONS

14404 Sommerville Ct., Midlothian, VA 23113

PHONE : 804-378-1800FAX : 804-378-5400

7329 Boulder View Lane
Richmond, VA 23225

PHONE : 804-378-1800FAX : 804-378-5400

7489 Right Flank Road, Suite 310
Mechanicsville, VA 23116

PHONE : 804-378-2266FAX : 804-534-7884

OPENING HOURS

Monday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Tuesday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Wednesday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Thursday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

OPENING HOURS

Monday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Tuesday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Wednesday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Thursday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

OPENING HOURS

Monday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Tuesday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Wednesday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Thursday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed