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Arthritis Management Specialist

Advanced Pain Management

Ravi Panjabi, MD

Interventional Pain Management & Regenerative Medicine located in Castro Valley, CA, Fremont, CA & San Ramon, CA

Arthritis is a leading cause of joint pain and disability, but effective pain management techniques can help. Board-certified anesthesiologist and pain management physician Ravi Panjabi, MD, provides arthritis management for patients ages 12 and older at three Advanced Pain Management locations in Castro Valley, San Ramon, and Fremont, California. For expert arthritis management, call the nearest office or request an appointment online today.

Arthritis Management

What is arthritis?

Arthritis involves more than 100 diseases that cause joint pain. Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent form of the disease. Other common types of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and fibromyalgia.

Symptoms of arthritis vary based on the type of disease, but they often include joint pain, stiffness, and swelling.

Arthritis can affect any joint, including the vertebrae in your back and neck. Large, weight-bearing joints like the knees are especially prone to osteoarthritis, a condition that stems from wear-and-tear damage to the cartilage that covers the ends of your bones.

What does arthritis management entail?

The physicians at Advanced Pain Management tailor arthritis treatment to your specific needs, including the type of arthritis you have, the joints that are affected, and the severity of your symptoms. They develop an individualized arthritis management plan that may include medications, injections, and other therapies.

Medication management

A wide variety of medications are available to treat different forms of arthritis. Two main types of arthritis medications are pain relievers and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Depending on your needs, your Advanced Pain Management physician may recommend over-the-counter or prescription NSAIDs.


Advanced Pain Management offers a variety of therapeutic injections, including:

  • Steroid injections
  • Trigger point injections
  • Epidural injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)

Most of these injections involve a steroid medicine combined with an anesthetic, or numbing medicine. PRP is a type of regenerative medicine that enhances natural healing.

Other treatments

Advanced Pain Management uses a multidisciplinary approach to arthritis management, including on-site alternative treatments like acupuncture, chiropractic care, and behavioral therapy. For people with advanced arthritis, your physician may refer you to an orthopedic surgeon.

What should I expect from arthritis management?

Your physician listens carefully to your symptoms and determines the best approach to managing your specific type of arthritis.

Although there’s no cure for arthritis, Advanced Pain Management strives to relieve your discomfort and improve your functional mobility so you can lead an active and productive life. Your physician follows up with you after each procedure and tailors your treatment plan accordingly.

For personalized arthritis management, call Advanced Pain Management or book an appointment online today.