Arthritis is a chronic condition that affects an average of 54 million people in the United States a year. Max Shokat, DO, at Southern Interventional Pain Center in Thomasville, Georgia, and Lake City and Tallahassee, Florida, and his team specialize in pain management, offering advanced treatments for arthritis. If you suffer from the pain of arthritis, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online to learn about treatment options.

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What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a collective word representing well over 100 conditions that cause joint pain, inflammation, and mobility issues.

The most common types of arthritis include:


Osteoarthritis is degenerative; it develops when the cartilage that cushions your joints starts to wear down. Your bones end up rubbing together and cause friction, irritating your joints and causing pain and swelling.

Rheumatoid arthritis

This type of arthritis is an autoimmune condition, meaning your immune system attacks your joints and thickens your synovial lining by mistake. It causes inflammation around your joints and can affect your mobility. It can also destroy your cartilage and bones in your joints.

As arthritis progresses, your condition can worsen, causing:

  • Stiffness
  • Inflammation
  • Soreness
  • Overall discomfort
  • Joint deformity

Arthritis can affect your daily routine. If your arthritis is in weight-bearing joints, such as your knees, hips, or spine, it could keep you from walking or even sitting comfortably.

At Southern Interventional Pain Center, Dr. Shokat can evaluate your condition and give you a proper diagnosis, so your personalized treatment can begin to help you feel better.

What causes arthritis?

Many factors can cause arthritis, including your genetics and family medical history.

Osteoarthritis can happen due to age, being overweight, having an injury, or having surgery. Your hormones can also play a role in its development.

Regardless of how you got arthritis, turn to Dr. Shokat at Southern Interventional Pain Center for the expert treatment and care for your condition.

How is arthritis treated?

Dr. Shokat evaluates you, diagnoses your condition, and works with you to implement a personalized treatment plan to help you get pain relief from arthritis. The goal is to relieve inflammation and increase mobility in your joints to enhance your quality of life.

Treatment can involve any or all of the following to relieve pain and inflammation:

Cortisone shots Physical therapy Injections of hyaluronic acid derivatives Joint replacement Realigning or fusing bones Regenerative medicine

Southern Interventional Pain Center helps determine which of these treatment options best meets your needs.

To get relief for your arthritis, call Southern Interventional Pain Center today for a diagnosis and a treatment plan. You can also book your appointment online.

We see patients in the following cities: Thomasville, GA , Lake City, FL & Tallahassee, FL. Call us to book your appointment today.