What Causes Joint Pain?
Injury, illness, and disease may all be underlying causes of your joint pain. Sometimes, a problem with your tendons, ligaments, or bursae that surround the joint can also be contributing factors. Arthritis, an inflammatory, degenerative condition, is another common reason your joints may be aching.
Other causes of joint pain include:
- Bone cancer
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Sprains or strains
Once your doctor at Integrative Pain & Spine Institute examines you and gives you a diagnosis, the goal is to treat the cause as well as the symptom of your joint pain to help reduce or eliminate it.
When Should I See a Doctor About Joint Pain?
Joint pain that’s aggravated by pressure, motion, or regular movements and persists beyond a week may require medical attention. Additionally, if you suddenly experience severe joint pain, don’t wait to call a doctor. It could be the sign of a serious medical condition.
When joint pain is chronic, and it affects your daily activities and prevents you from participating in work or leisure, you don’t have to live with the pain or miss out. The expert interventional pain physicians at Florida Pain Medicine develop a treatment plan based on your individual condition, symptoms, and lifestyle so you can get maximum pain relief and rehabilitation.
How is Joint Pain Treated?
Based on your individual needs, joint pain treatment may include any of the following:
- Alternating ice and heat
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical rehabilitation and therapy
Additionally, when your joint pain doesn’t respond to more conservative treatment methods, you may benefit from more advanced techniques like joint injections. Ultimately, you may need several treatment methods working in concert to:
- Reduce the severity of your pain
- Increase range of motion in the affected joint
- Rehabilitate the joint when possible
- Improve your quality of life
- Learn new skills for managing pain
- Increase your activities while minimizing symptoms
Today’s advanced treatment options can help you manage joint pain effectively and for the long term so you can focus on your life rather than on limiting the effects of pain.