The most common cause of joint pain is osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease that wears away the surface of the joint. The most common symptoms of osteoarthritis include pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joint. This condition also greatly decreases range of motion and causes inflammation that can be seen on the skin around the joint. Patients with arthritis usually report feeling the worst symptoms in the morning.
Separate from Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis refers to an autoimmune disorder that causes the patient’s own immune system to attack the joint tissue lining. Eventually, this condition spreads across the joint and deforms it. Rheumatoid arthritis causes severe pain and swelling along with various other problems with the organs of the body. In the United States, rheumatoid arthritis affects nearly 1.5 million Americans. Rheumatoid arthritis also affects women 3 times more likely than men. Other forms of arthritis also include gout, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus, cervical spondylosis, facet arthritis, fibromyalgia, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis, septic arthritis, etc. In the case of rheumatoid arthritis, a patient may feel a loss of appetite due to the inflammation by way of the immune system. Severe rheumatoid arthritis also causes joint deformity and hand in hand with anemia by decreasing the red blood cell count.
While our team treats individuals with joint pain caused by osteoarthritis, the most common joint pain we treat is joint damage following a motor vehicle accident. Joint pain can be connected in the following areas:
Joint pain may be acute (goes away in a few weeks) to chronic (lasts for months or years). Whether acute or chronic, our team can properly evaluate and treat your joint pain.
Joints are where two or more bones come together forming a connection. It provides support and facilitates movement. Joints typically include bones, ligaments, tendons and other structures which support the joint. They act as shock absorbers and make movement possible. When injured, movement becomes more difficult.
Our joint pain specialists can minimize or remove your joint pain. We offer a variety of medical providers, each able to treat the cause of your joint pain. Our providers include:
Steroidal medication injected into a painful joint space can help soothe pain in arthritic joints. Injecting corticosteroids into an arthritic joint will not provide permanent relief on its own, it can dramatically reduce inflammation and pain. The effects can last anywhere between 1 week to 1 year. Injections for joint pain are usually one of the steps taken before resorting to surgery. In some patients, steroid injections can reduce pain to the point where patients are able to participate in Physical Therapy, which in turn can strengthen the surrounding muscles and eliminate the need for further treatment.
Our Physical Therapists can help manage pain, reducing the need for opioids and sometimes avoiding surgery entirely.
Physical therapy can improved mobility, increase trauma recovery, increase recovery from stroke or paralysis, reduce the risk of falling by increasing muscle strength and improve equilibrium.
Our pain specialists are accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, call us at 972-382-9992.