Cause Of Joint Pain
Our joints enable all our movement. Even the slightest bit of damage or irritation can cause problems within the joint and interfere with how it functions with other joints.
Any joint in the body can suffer from joint pain, and joint pain is common among adults. In one national survey, almost one-third of all adults reported experiencing joint pain within the last 30 days. In the survey, knee pain was the most common type of joint pain that people experienced, followed by shoulder pain and hip pain. But it's possible to experience joint pain in any joint.
- Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, and it is caused by wear and tear on a joint.
- Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of autoimmune disorder that is caused by your body attacking your own joints.
- Bursitis is when the sacs of fluid that cushion your joints become inflamed
- Gout is a type of arthritis that usually affects the big toe joint
- Strains, sprains, and other injuries.
Often, joint pain is accompanied by inflammation, swelling, stiffness in the joint, and a loss in the range of motion.
Our Treatments for Joint Pain
We will first diagnose the source of your joint pain, and then we will move on to treat the underlying conditions that are causing your joint pain. The goal of our treatments is to reduce pain and inflammation in the joint, and preserve its function and range of motion. Our treatment options include:Physical Therapy
We use physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around the joint to improve the range of motion in the joint and to help stabilize it. We may also use ultrasound, cold therapy, nerve stimulation, and chiropractic manipulation.
If you are overweight, we may recommend low impact exercises like swimming or biking to help you lose weight. By losing weight, you can reduce the wear and tear and pressure on your joints, which will translate to you experiencing less joint pain.
When our patients have been experiencing more severe joint pain that has failed to respond to previous treatments, we may use injections to treat their joint pain.
We use steroid injections in combination with a local anesthetic to reduce inflammation in the joints. This procedure is highly effective, and the results may last up to four or more months.
We use platelet-rich plasma to naturally produce healing within the body. The platelet-rich plasma is made from the blood of the patient and contains proteins that have anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating effects.
We use prolotherapy to inject an irritant into the joint (usually a sugar solution.) This irritant stimulates the healing of the joint.
We may also remove excess fluid from the joint or inject a synthetic version of natural joint fluid called hyaluronan