You’re not alone if your life is limited by the pain and stiffness of arthritis. About 23% of adults have arthritis, and over 40% of those affected are forced to avoid the activities they enjoy. When your conservative treatment isn’t adequate, Humam Akbik, MD, at Cincinnati Comprehensive Pain Center can help you find pain relief with advanced medical and interventional therapies. To schedule an appointment for arthritis treatment, call the office in Fairfield, Ohio, or request a call from the staff by completing the online contact form.

Arthritis Q & A

What are the different types of arthritis?

Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease that appears in more than 100 different forms. However, the two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis:


Osteoarthritis is called wear-and-tear arthritis because it develops over the years as daily joint movement damages your cartilage. As the cartilage wears away, bones inside the joint rub against one another.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. As your immune system attacks tissues lining the joint, they become inflamed and swollen. Without treatment, the ongoing inflammation erodes the bones in the joint. Rheumatoid arthritis can also go beyond your joints to cause problems throughout your body.

What symptoms develop due to arthritis?

Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis both cause pain, stiffness, limited movement, and inflammation. Osteoarthritis also causes bone spurs, which contribute to worsening symptoms.

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you may lose your appetite and develop a low-grade fever and fatigue. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect organs and systems throughout your body, including your skin, eyes, lungs, and heart. Dry mouth, skin sores, eye inflammation, and anemia are a few examples of conditions that may arise due to rheumatoid arthritis.

What is the association between degenerative disc disease and arthritis?

Degenerative disc disease occurs as wear-and-tear affects the discs between your vertebrae. Over time, the discs dry out, shrink, and break down. As they lose their ability to cushion the bones, you can develop spinal osteoarthritis.

How is arthritis treated?

Arthritis treatment focuses on relieving your pain, maintaining joint mobility, and preventing the disease from worsening. Medications are available to prevent the progression of rheumatoid arthritis, but not for osteoarthritis.

Staying active is an important part of your arthritis treatment because it reduces inflammation and improves joint mobility. If you have a hard time exercising due to pain, interventional treatments may help.

Dr. Akbik specializes in a variety of treatments to relieve arthritis-associated pain, including:

Joint injections

Joint injections for arthritis may contain a steroid that relieves inflammation or hyaluronic acid, which naturally lubricates the joint and helps restore your mobility.

Nerve blocks

Dr. Akbik uses several different techniques, such as injections of anesthetics and radiofrequency ablation, to block the nerve signals carrying pain messages to your brain. If your brain doesn’t receive the message, you won’t feel the pain.

If conservative therapies have failed to relieve your arthritis pain, call Cincinnati Comprehensive Pain Center or use the online contact form to request a phone call.