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Arthritis Pain

Arthritis is chronic inflammation of the tissues around your joints that causes swelling, pain and stiffness. Left untreated, arthritis can lead to disability and intense chronic pain. Arthritis is one of the leading causes of disability in the United States.

Arthritis may affect people of any age. Millions of people are diagnosed with arthritis every year. If you experience pain and stiffness in your joints, you may have one of over 100 types of arthritis.

The most common types of arthritis include:

  • Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a common side effect of injury or aging. The cartilage between your joints becomes too thin causing your bones to come too close together or to form painful bone spurs.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition in which your body’s immune system attacks the lining of your joints. This causes swelling and pain.
  • Juvenile arthritis. Juvenile arthritis is a term used to describe arthritis in children under age 16. Unlike adults, children may outgrow symptoms of arthritis. Juvenile arthritis may also be chronic and caused by congenital defects or autoimmune disorders.

Other conditions, such as gout or lupus, may also cause arthritis.

Simple blood tests and imaging procedures, such as X-rays, give your physician the information he or she needs to diagnose arthritis. Physical therapy, exercise, pain medicines, steroid injections or surgery may all play a role in managing the symptoms of arthritis and restoring function.

Arthritis pain can be debilitating, keeping you from working, enjoying your favorite activities or even walking. Indiana University Health Pain Management physicians collaborate closely with orthopedic and rheumatology experts to treat arthritis pain caused by common types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. When surgery is not an option or does not provide relief, we help control your pain and improve your quality of life.

Our fellowship-trained physicians offer advanced therapies aimed at reducing your pain. We provide long-term pain relief solutions, such as steroid injections or pain pumps. The highly skilled physicians with IU Health Pain Management have years of experience and training dedicated to understanding how to alleviate your pain. We strive to give you treatments and resources that allow you to live a healthy, active lifestyle.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Arthritis Pain Treatment Information

Our physicians develop personalized treatment plans to help you overcome arthritis pain. Your plan may include one or more of the services below:


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