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Advanced Pain Institute

Arthritis and the pain that results from it can be a persistent, discouraging, and difficult condition. Unpredictable flareups, with pain and soreness, can be challenging and even overwhelming. At the Advanced Pain Institute in Arcadia and Encino, California, I. Michael Minehart, M.D. is dedicated to treating arthritis with a variety of procedures such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections or stem cell treatments, comprehensive pain management plans, innovative measures and more. Dr. Minehart and his team address a broad range of arthritic conditions stemming from injuries and age, as well as those from autoimmune diseases. Want to learn more? Contact the Advanced Pain Institute to schedule an appointment today.

When immunosuppressant drugs don’t work, the traditional technique of putting cortisone or other anti-inflammatory into joint areas should always be considered, making the combination of the new immunosuppressant drugs work in unison. In my practice, I rely on nuclear medicine studies that have the highest sensitivity to inflammation to early detect those joints with specificity and accuracy to be targeted by injections. Many times we receive patients treated by rheumatologists who have flare-ups that are often incapacitating and they need immediate treatments to those particular areas that are rendering them immobile. So targeting the source of pain early and accurately makes a significant difference in the patient’s output..

Want to learn more? Contact the Advanced Pain Institute to schedule an appointment today.


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Arthritis Q & A

According to the CDC, arthritis is one of the most common conditions in the U.S. It affects around 54.4 million adults and 1 in 4 children can also have the condition. Arthritis is a general term for conditions affecting joints or the surrounding tissues, and there are more than 100 types of arthritis. Most of these cause pain, stiffness and inflammation of the joints and the tendency is that these worsen with age. When you suffer from arthritis, especially in your hands, fully participating in life can become more difficult. Thankfully, there are treatment options that can alleviate arthritic pain and improve quality of life.

The most common forms of arthritis that are diagnosed are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. These differ due to their underlying causes and identifying the type you have requires a medical examination. During your visit to the doctor, they will examine your joints’ condition, focusing on the tell-tale signs that will indicate the type of arthritis you have. Once there is a diagnosis, your doctor will begin formulating a treatment plan to help you deal with the condition’s symptoms.

One of the challenges in arthritis treatment is that many fear becoming reliant on pain medication. While this is a legitimate concern, treating arthritis necessitates a skillful touch that entails saving the most intense measures for when they are necessary. So, most likely, your doctor will begin by recommending mild pain medications. If these don’t work, then your physician may move on to surgical options that target the joints directly, either for repair or replacement.

Sadly, currently there is no known cure for arthritis. So pain management is the primary treatment goal. The recommended way to do this is to consult a doctor specializing in chronic pain conditions, like I. Michael Minehart, M.D. Contact the Advanced Pain Institute today, and get started on your personalized pain management plan to deal with arthritis.

I. Michael Minehart, M.D.

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I. Michael Minehart, M.D. is a board-certified anesthesiologist who specializes in interventional pain management for the treatment of chronic pain.