Joint Pain

Premier Pain Institute

Sham Vengurlekar, MD

Interventional Pain Management located in Phoenix, AZ

Approximately 25% of American adults suffer from extreme joint pain. But you don’t have to wait until your discomfort is severe before seeking treatment. Sham Vengurlekar, MD, at Premier Pain Institute in Phoenix is an experienced pain management specialist who can provide relief for your joint pain, whether it’s barely noticeable or intense and debilitating. To find solutions for your joint pain and restore your quality of life, call Premier Pain Institute or schedule an appointment online today.

Joint Pain Q & A

What is joint pain?

A joint forms in your body where two or more bones come together. There different types of joints. Some move smoothly against each other because of cartilage, and others stay firmly in place because of fibrous connective tissue. You may notice joints in obvious areas, such as your knees, elbows, and wrists, but you also have several joints in your spine and skull.

You can develop joint pain for several reasons, including:

  • Gout
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis


In most cases, joint pain in your back is due to facet joint syndrome.

What is facet joint syndrome?

Facet joint syndrome affects the small joints connecting two vertebrae in your back. These facet joints give your spine some of its flexibility, so it can bend and twist.

If you have facet joint syndrome, it means you have osteoarthritis in your spine. This degenerative joint condition develops when your cartilage starts wearing away. Without cartilage, your bones can rub together.

Facet joint syndrome causes several symptoms, such as:

  • Difficulty standing after sitting
  • Challenges bending, turning, or straightening your spine
  • Pain or discomfort when leaning backward
  • Muscle weakness, numbness, or pain in regions of your body associated with the joint


You can have facet joint syndrome in any area of your spine.

How is joint pain diagnosed?

Dr. Vengurlekar works closely with you to create a personalized treatment strategy to manage your joint pain symptoms.

During your appointment, Dr. Vengurlekar conducts a full physical exam, discusses your medical and personal history, and reviews your symptoms. He might also recommend additional tests, including MRIs, X-rays, electromyography, and nerve conduction studies.

How is joint pain treated?

Dr. Vengurlekar might suggest several different treatments to address your joint pain, depending on its cause and severity. These might include:

  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Therapeutic injections
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Spinal cord stimulation therapy


In addition to interventional pain treatments, Dr. Vengurlekar also recommends including stretching into your daily routine and following a diet that reduces inflammation in the body.

To learn more about joint pain and interventional pain treatments, call Premier Pain Institute or schedule an appointment online today.

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