Arthritis Specialist

Ihab Labatia, MD -  - Board Certified Pain Management Physician

Hillcrest Pain and Spine

Ihab Labatia, MD

Board Certified Pain Management Physician & Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation located in Lexington, KY

Joint stiffness, pain, or tenderness could be a sign of arthritis. If you struggle with arthritis discomfort and want relief, you can rely on Hillcrest Pain and Spine in Lexington, Kentucky. Board-certified pain management physician Ihab Labatia, MD, and his expert team offer a variety of arthritis treatments to enhance joint function and improve comfort. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a common chronic disease that affects your joints. Many different types of arthritis exist, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and gout, but each can cause similar symptoms. However, treatment withHillcrest Pain and Spine can offer you joint pain relief. 

What are common symptoms of arthritis?

Symptoms you might experience with arthritis include:

  • Joint pain
  • Tenderness
  • Stiffness
  • Inflammation
  • Joint swelling
  • Decreased joint range of motion
  • Limited mobility
  • Redness

Severe arthritis can cause visible joint disfigurement. Arthritis might make it difficult for you to stay active or complete simple everyday tasks. If this is the case, see the Hillcrest Pain and Spine experts for an evaluation.

What are the risk factors for arthritis?

Arthritis can happen to anyone, but some factors boost your risk of having it. Common risks include older age, family history of arthritis, obesity, and previous joint injuries. Men are more likely than women to have gout, while women have a higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. 

How does my doctor diagnose arthritis?

To find out if you have arthritis, Dr. Labatia discusses your symptoms and medical history. He completes a physical examination to assess joint structure, function, and range of motion. Dr. Labatia might order blood tests, X-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds, or CT scans to get a more in-depth picture of your joint health and develop an effective treatment. 

How is arthritis treated?

Common treatments for arthritis include:

Home remedies

Healthy weight management, eating nutritious foods, getting regular exercise, wearing braces when needed, and icing affected joints are things you can do at home for joint pain prevention and relief. 


Taking certain medications can alleviate joint discomfort and lower your risk of further joint deterioration. 


Hyaluronic acid, steroid, and regenerative medicine injections can reduce inflammation, lubricate joints, ease pain, and enhance your body’s ability to heal.

Physical therapy

Joint-specific exercises and stretches help strengthen painful joints and surrounding tissues to alleviate discomfort naturally.


If you have severe joint damage, Dr. Labatia may recommend surgery to repair or replace injured joints and restore structure, function, and your quality of life.

If you have arthritis and want joint pain relief, call the Hillcrest Pain and Spine office or book an appointment online today.