Arthritis Specialist

Pain Instacare

Pain Management & Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation located in Cherry Hill, NJ & Philadelphia, PA

More than 54 million Americans –– or about 23% of the adult population –– suffer from arthritis. Though common, without early intervention and treatment, arthritis can affect your ability to work, exercise, or participate in activities you enjoy. At Pain Instacare, double board-certified pain management physician Rajan Gupta, MD, treats arthritis using minimally invasive interventional pain management techniques. To schedule an appointment at the office in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, or Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, call to speak with an administrative staff member, or click the online booking tool.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis refers to a group of degenerative conditions that affect the joints, causing them to swell and become tender. There are more than 100 types of arthritis, but Dr. Gupta focuses on two, in particular:

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis causes your cartilage –– a rubbery, cushion-like substance that pads your joints –– to break down as a result of general wear-and-tear. Over time, that causes your bones to rub against one another, causing stiffness, discomfort, and mobility problems.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that causes your body to attack and destroy the lining of your joints (synovium). As the condition progresses, it damages the cartilage and bone within a joint, resulting in pain and disability.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

Common symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Joint pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Decreased range of motion

As arthritis progresses, you might find it difficult to exercise, walk the dog, or perform other routine tasks.

Who is at risk of developing arthritis?

Arthritis affects people of all races and genders, but several factors may increase your risk. For example, you’re more likely to develop arthritis if there’s a family history of the condition. That’s because your genes can make you more susceptible.

Other factors that increase the risk of arthritis include being 50 or older and being overweight. Carrying around excess pounds puts pressure on the joints in your body, which can result in knee, hip, or back pain.

How is arthritis diagnosed?

To diagnose arthritis, Dr. Gupta asks about your symptoms and reviews your medical history. Then, he conducts a comprehensive physical exam, gently pressing on your affected joints to pinpoint areas of warmth, swelling, or redness. He might also ask you to perform a series of easy exercises or stretches to assess your mobility and range of motion.

If these steps don’t provide enough information to make a diagnosis, Dr. Gupta might order diagnostic imaging like X-rays or a panel of laboratory tests. Analyzing your blood, urine, or joint fluid can help determine the type of arthritis you have.

How is arthritis treated?

At Pain Instacare, Dr. Gupta uses minimally invasive interventional pain management techniques to treat arthritis. Depending on the location and severity of your symptoms, he might recommend:

  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Hyaluronic acid injections
  • Hyaluronan injections
  • Physical therapy

To ensure a positive outcome, Dr. Gupta might also recommend healthy lifestyle changes like eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight. 

Don’t wait to explore treatment for arthritis at Pain Instacare. Call the nearest office to speak with a member of the administrative team, or click the online booking tool.