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Arthritis Specialist

Seth Kaufman, D.O. -  - Physical Medicine

South Florida Interventional Orthopedics and Spine

Seth Kaufman, D.O.

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist located in Davenport, FL & Miami, FL

Arthritis causes constant, often severe pain that can affect many joints. If you’re affected by arthritis, double board-certified Seth Kaufman, DO, of South Florida Interventional Orthopedics and Spine, can help. At the practice’s offices in Davenport and Miami, Florida, Dr. Kaufman offers patients conservative treatments and advanced choices like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and radiofrequency ablation. To find an effective way to reduce your arthritis symptoms, call South Florida Interventional Orthopedics and Spine today or book an appointment online.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis refers to conditions resulting in inflammation, chronic pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility in the joints. Arthritis can show up in any joints in your body. Those often severely affected by arthritis include the:

  • Knees
  • Hips
  • Shoulders
  • Pelvis
  • Fingers and thumbs
  • Toes

The facet joints in your spine can also become arthritic, causing back and neck pain. Wherever arthritis strikes, it causes pain that tends to get worse over time, steadily increasing stiffness and weakness. Patients with advanced arthritis can have distorted, twisted joints as well.

The chronic pain and other symptoms of arthritis often get worse in response to specific triggers. Common triggers causing arthritis flare-ups include stress, unusual activities, and changes in the weather, particularly when it gets cold and wet.

Are there different kinds of arthritis?

There are over 100 kinds of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common. It develops when the smooth cartilage on the ends of your bones wears away from years of use. Without the slippery cartilage to protect them, the bones catch on one another, creating friction.

Another widespread kind of arthritis is the autoimmune disorder rheumatoid arthritis. This condition happens when your immune system develops a fault and destroys the tissues lining your joints.

Other kinds of arthritis include:

  • Gout
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Sacroiliitis
  • Facet joint arthritis
  • Septic arthritis

Some forms of arthritis target specific joints. Gout, for example, is most likely to affect the big toe joint. Other kinds of arthritis affect several joints.

How is arthritis treated?

At South Florida Interventional Orthopedics and Spine, Dr. Kaufman treats arthritis using several nonsurgical treatments.

First, he diagnoses your specific condition, as some treatments (like disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs or DMARDs) are only suitable for certain kinds of arthritis. Dr. Kaufman then creates a treatment program personalized to your needs. The program can consist of:

  • Physical therapy
  • Oral medications
  • Hyaluronic acid joint injections
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Nerve block injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation (rhizotomy)

Using a combination of these treatments, Dr. Kaufman offers long-lasting and effective arthritis management.

If you have arthritis symptoms, get the maximum benefit from these innovative treatments by scheduling a consultation at an early stage. Call South Florida Interventional Orthopedics and Spine today or book an appointment online.