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Arthritis frequently affects the low back and the sacroiliac joint, which connects the base of the spine to the hip joint. Often arthritis pain can mimic low-back or buttock pain.
Types of Arthritis
Osteoarthritis is a common condition among those over 50. The cartilage that cushions your joints (such as the knees or hips) gradually breaks down. Then the bones rub against each other. It can cause pain due to disc degeneration, bone spurs, and spinal stenosis. Learn more about osteoarthritis.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a condition that causes joint inflammation. Over time, this inflammation may destroy the joint tissues. Rheumatoid arthritis is more common in women than in men and often begins between the ages of 40 and 60. Learn more about rheumatoid arthritis.
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) is a childhood disease that causes inflamed, swollen joints. This makes joints stiff and painful. Some children with JIA grow out of it after they get treatment. Others will need ongoing treatment as adults. There are several types of JIA. Learn more about JIA.
Symptoms of Arthritis
The main symptoms of arthritis are:
- Swelling in the joints of the hands, wrists, elbows, feet, ankles, knees, or neck
Less common symptoms include muscle weakness, reduced range of motion, and joint deformity.
Rheumatoid arthritis usually affects both sides of the body at the same time. In rare but severe cases, it may affect the eyes, lungs, heart, nerves, or blood vessels. Sometimes the disease can cause bumps called nodules to form over the elbows, knuckles, spine, and lower leg bones.
Symptoms of JIA may also include problems walking, fever, and rash.
Treatment Options for Arthritis
There are many treatments for arthritis that can help with the pain and make it easier to move. You and your doctor will work together to find what works best for you.
- Physical therapy
- Anti-inflammatory medications, including NSAIDs and steroids
- Surgery, such as radiofrequency ablation
Why Choose Weill Cornell Medicine?
The physicians at the Weill Cornell Medicine Division of Pain Management specialize in treating pain and symptoms associated with all types of arthritis.
Our care team uses the latest research, the most advanced equipment, and innovative therapies to diagnose pain and develop customized pain management plans for each patient.
Weill Cornell Medicine often offers clinical trials, giving patients access to treatments that may not be available elsewhere. Learn more about Pain Management's current clinical trials.
We also work closely with a broad team of specialists to provide the highest quality care.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation.