Premier Pain Institute

Sham Vengurlekar, MD

Interventional Pain Management located in Phoenix, AZ

Nearly 40 million Americans live with arthritis, and more than half of them are under 65 years of age. But Sham Vengurlekar, MD, at Premier Pain Institute in Phoenix offers a wide range of interventional pain techniques to help reduce your pain and restore your mobility. To find solutions for your arthritis symptoms, call Premier Pain Institute or schedule an appointment online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis describes more than 100 different chronic conditions associated with joint inflammation. When two or more bones come together in your body, they form a joint.

The most common joint symptoms caused by arthritis include:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness and swelling
  • Redness and warmth
  • Reduced range of motion


When you have arthritis, your symptoms are usually worse in the morning.

What causes arthritis?

In most cases, arthritis is typically due to reduced cartilage. Cartilage is a specific kind of flexible tissue that protects your joints.

The most common forms of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Approximately 1.3 million Americans have rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder. Autoimmune disorders cause your immune system to misfire and destroy healthy tissue. With rheumatoid arthritis, your immune system attacks the tissue lining your joints that keep your cartilage healthy.


Osteoarthritis impacts approximately 31 million Americans. This type of arthritis occurs because of wear and tear on your joints that causes cartilage degeneration. While your chances of having arthritis increase with age, your risks are even higher if you have a family member with the disease.

How is arthritis treated?

Dr. Vengurlekar creates a personalized approach to managing your arthritis symptoms based on their cause and the severity of your symptoms. For some cases, he might recommend:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Trigger point injections
  • Special creams that interrupt pain signals from your joints
  • Radiofrequency ablation


At Premier Pain Institute, Dr. Vengurlekar also offers the most advanced interventional pain management therapies available, including stem cell therapy.

What is stem cell therapy?

Stem cell therapy harnesses your body’s natural healing ability to heal. These cells exist in several parts of your body, including:

  • Bone and fat tissue
  • Placenta
  • Uterine amniotic fluid during pregnancy


Once harvested and prepared for therapy, Dr. Vengurlekar can inject them directly into your pain site. As a world leader in stem cell therapy, Dr. Vengurlekar uses this innovative therapy to regenerate damaged or diseased tissue associated with arthritis, especially in the hips, knees, and shoulders.

To learn more about arthritis and minimally invasive treatments at Premier Pain Institute, call or schedule an appointment online today.

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