Arthritis Pain Management

Canyon Pain Center is a pain management clinic that specializes in treating arthritis in the Phoenix area.

Arthritis Treatment at our Phoenix Pain Clinic

Arthritis, a significant source of pain and mobility challenges, needs compassionate and personalized care. At Canyon Pain Center in Phoenix, Arizona, our specialists focus on providing innovative and thorough treatments to help those with arthritis find relief. 

By understanding each patient’s specific needs, we use techniques to address not just the symptoms but the underlying causes of arthritis. Our comprehensive approach ensures patients receive the care required to enhance their quality of life, establishing Canyon Pain Center as a reliable partner in managing arthritis effectively.

Get connected with us today and begin your pain healing journey.

what is arthritis

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a widespread condition affecting over 58 million Americans, according to the CDC1. This accounts for nearly one in four adults, making it a significant public health concern. Despite its prevalence, around half of those diagnosed receive no medical treatment, leading to unmanaged pain and increasing difficulties in daily life. Arthritis can limit mobility, cause pain, swelling, and stiffness in one or more joints, and interfere with work, hobbies, and simple tasks like walking or opening a jar. Studies reveal that individuals with untreated arthritis often experience a diminished quality of life, impacting their physical, emotional, and social well-being.
There are more than 100 types of arthritis, with osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) being the most common. OA is a degenerative joint disease that occurs when the cartilage between bones breaks down, while rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder where the body’s immune system attacks the joints. Both types can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness, which may worsen in the morning or after periods of inactivity.

Understanding Arthritis Signs & Symptoms

Joint pain is the most common symptom of arthritis. It can range from mild to severe, often intensifying after physical activity or periods of inactivity. This pain can affect one or more joints and may worsen over time without treatment, leading to decreased quality of life and difficulties in performing daily tasks.
Joint stiffness, particularly worse in the morning or after resting, is another hallmark of arthritis. It can make movement challenging and may result in reduced flexibility or mobility, making everyday tasks difficult. Stiffness can also contribute to pain and discomfort, further impacting an individual’s ability to carry out their normal routine.
Inflammation often causes swelling and stiffness in affected joints, resulting in tenderness and warmth. This swelling can lead to a visibly larger joint, particularly in conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, where the body’s immune system attacks healthy joint tissues. Swelling can cause pain and limit the joint’s range of motion, affecting a person’s mobility and overall function.

How Arthritis Works on The Body

Arthritis primarily affects the joints, causing inflammation, pain, and stiffness in these essential body structures. To effectively manage and treat arthritis, it’s important to understand joint anatomy and how the condition impacts these areas.

  • Joints comprise bones, cartilage, synovial membrane, synovial fluid, and ligaments, which enable smooth, pain-free movement.
  • In osteoarthritis, the cartilage deteriorates, resulting in bone-on-bone friction, pain, and stiffness. Our specialists focus on advanced osteoarthritis pain management techniques to slow joint deterioration and alleviate symptoms.
  • Inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, causes inflammation of the synovial membrane, excess synovial fluid production, and eventual joint damage. 
  • Depending on the specific type of arthritis, the most commonly affected joints are the knees, hips, hands, spine, wrists, and feet.

Our experts employ targeted therapies and personalized treatment plans to address the specific anatomical changes caused by arthritis in each affected joint. By tailoring our approach to your unique needs, we aim to reduce pain, improve joint function, and enhance your overall quality of life.

Common Causes of Arthritis

Several factors can contribute to the development of arthritis, a condition characterized by joint inflammation and pain. While the exact cause may vary depending on the type of arthritis, some common factors have been identified.
  • Age: The risk of developing osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, increases as joint tissues naturally deteriorate.2
  • Genetic predisposition: Certain genetic factors may increase an individual’s likelihood of developing arthritis, particularly rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
  • Injury or overuse: Joint injuries or repetitive stress can damage the cartilage and increase the risk of osteoarthritis.
  • Autoimmune disorders: In autoimmune forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy joint tissues.
  • Metabolic disorders: Conditions like gout, caused by a buildup of uric acid in the body, can lead to arthritis in affected joints.3
Understanding the common causes of arthritis can help individuals take steps to reduce their risk and seek appropriate treatment when necessary.

How We Treat Arthritis at our Phoenix Office

At our pain management center, we understand that every patient’s arthritis pain is unique, so we develop personalized treatment plans tailored to your specific needs and goals. Our team of experienced healthcare professionals, including pain management specialists, physical therapists, and other experts, works collaboratively to create a comprehensive approach to managing your arthritis pain. Your treatment plan may include a combination of evidence-based therapies, such as:

  • Medications: To help reduce inflammation and manage pain, we may prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), topical creams, or other pain-relieving medications.
  • Injections: Depending on the severity and location of your arthritis pain, we may recommend corticosteroid injections, viscosupplementation, or other targeted injections to provide more localized relief.
  • Physical therapy: Our skilled physical therapy partners will guide you through exercises and techniques to improve joint mobility, strengthen the surrounding muscles, and reduce pain and stiffness.
  • Lifestyle modifications: We will guide lifestyle changes that can help manage your arthritis pain, such as maintaining a healthy weight, engaging in low-impact exercise, and using assistive devices when necessary.

We will closely monitor your progress throughout your treatment and adjust your plan as needed to ensure optimal results. We aim to help you find lasting relief from your arthritis pain and improve your overall quality of life.

get help for arthritis today in the phoenix area

Get Help for Arthritis Today

If you’re struggling with arthritis pain, know that you don’t have to face it alone. Our compassionate team is here to help you find relief and improve your quality of life. With our comprehensive treatments and a personalized approach, we’ll work with you to develop a pain management plan tailored to your unique needs.

Don’t let arthritis hold you back any longer – contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a more comfortable, active life.


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Meet Our Phoenix Pain Management Staff

Lisa Wakefield, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

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Lisa is an experienced pain management provider dedicated to helping patients regain quality of life. Lisa’s goal is to create an individualized pain treatment plan that leads towards improved mobility and pain reduction. 

Corrine Bender, DC


Dr. Bender has over 30 years of extensive experience in various areas and a loyal patient base. She specializes in personal injury cases, pediatric patients, sports-related injuries among athletes, and geriatric patients.