FAQ’s on Joint Pain

Any condition occurring in the joint may produce symptomatic pain in the surrounding tissue. Common sources of joint pain include injury to the joint, disease in the joint, or a physical ailment. A joint contains two or more interlocking bones to provide movement to a patient, and are held together by a collection of muscle tissue, ligaments, and tendons. The bones of joints are lined with a sponge-like substance called cartilage, which acts as a lubricant and a cushion during joint movement.

What are the effects of joint pain?

Pain in a joint can be a very painful experience for patients. The severity of symptoms experienced can change during movement of the joint, and patients may find their joints have reduced or limited ability due to pain and swelling.

What are common causes of pain?

Joint pain can result from nearly any condition that occurs in the joint, but may also be the result of an ailment in the surrounding tissue such as the ligaments, tendons, or cartilage.

Injury from Overuse

The cartilage lining a joint can be worn down over time, primarily from use of the joint. Overuse can lead to broken bones, muscle sprains, and dislocations of a joint which can each produce serious pain for patients.

Infectious disease

There are several infectious diseases which may cause joint pain.

  • Epstein Barr
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Measles
  • Rheumatic fever
  • Mumps

Autoimmune Disease

Joint pain may also be the result of an auto immune disorder, which can cause the body to mistakenly attack healthy tissue. Two of the more widely known autoimmune diseases that affect the joints to produce symptomatic pains include Rheumatoid arthritis and Lupus. Variations of arthritis are among the most common causes of chronic joint pain.

How can Joint Pan be treated?

There are three common categories of treatment types for the relief of joint pain.

Medication

Medication is used to assist in the symptomatic control of joint pain. Common mediations include:

  • Muscle relaxants
  • Analgesics (NSAIDs)
  • Over The Counter Acetaminophens
  • Antidepressants

Alternative Treatments

Each of these may be able to provide patients some degree of relief for joint pain.

  • Acupuncture
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Ayurvedic Treatment

Medical Interventional Therapies

These are invasive techniques used to provide relief for a patients’ pain

  • Stem Cell Injections
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
  • Joint Injections (hyaluronic acid and cortisone injections)

Some patients may require surgical correction if the source of pain is a physical ailment of the joint, such as chronic arthritic damage or a bone surface damaged by injury. Consulting our physicians for accurate diagnosis and a reliably treatment plan are the first steps towards obtaining relief.