Southern Pain and Spine

Pain Management & Interventional Spine Specialists located in Gainesville, Jasper, & Athens, GA

About 50 million adults in the United States have arthritis, which is also the leading cause of disability. Early diagnosis and treatment for arthritis may preserve joint health. Ankur Patel, DO, RPH, and the team at Southern Pain and Spine in Gainesville, Jasper, Fayetteville, and Athens, Georgia, take a comprehensive approach to manage arthritis pain. They focus on restoring function through rehabilitation. Find out more about arthritis treatment at the pain management practice by calling the office nearest you or requesting an appointment online today.

Arthritis Q&A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a common condition that affects the health and function of your joints. It’s a medical term that describes joint inflammation, pain, and stiffness.

Arthritis may affect any joint in your body, including your knees, spine, hips, hands, and feet. Initially, your pain may be mild and responsive to at-home care. However, arthritis tends to worsen over time, leading to joint damage and disability.

Sleep problems and depression may occur from the pain and disability associated with arthritis so it’s important to seek medical treatment as early as possible. The Southern Pain and Spine team can provide the compassionate care you need. 

What are the common types of arthritis?

Arthritis isn’t a diagnosis. There are many types of arthritis, and conditions that cause joint inflammation, pain, and stiffness.

Common types of arthritis the Southern Pain and Spine team treats include:


Osteoarthritis is a degenerative form of arthritis. It causes joint pain and inflammation because of the wearing away of the cartilage that cushions and separates the bones that make up your joint. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory arthritis. It’s an autoimmune condition in which the immune system attacks and destroys the lining of your joint. 

Though less common than osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis may cause permanent joint damage and deformity when left untreated. 

Joints are prone to swelling, stiffness, and pain because they’re at the center of all musculoskeletal movements. 

What happens during an arthritis consultation?

The Southern Pain and Spine team takes a patient-focused approach to care. When you come in looking for help managing your arthritis, they conduct thorough history and physicals so they fully understand your pain condition and can develop the most effective treatment plan.

The team reviews your symptoms and how it affects your daily life. They also ask about your usual routine and exercise habits, review your medical history, and perform a physical exam.

They also run diagnostic tests to better understand the pathophysiology of your arthritis and the underlying cause. Testing may include blood work, X-rays, or an MRI.

How is arthritis treated?

When it comes to treating your arthritis, Southern Pain and Spine focuses on restoring function through rehabilitation. Instead of prescribing medications, the team uses exercises to improve joint health and function, as well as the strength of the supporting muscles.

The team also provides interventional pain management treatments when conserviatve care no longer eases arthritis pain, such as joint injections or medial branch blocks.

For a patient-focused approach to your arthritis pain, request a referral from Southern Pain and Spine by calling or booking an appointment online today.