Nothing steals your joy like a joint pain that prevents you from doing what you enjoy. Whether the problem is caused by arthritis, an injury, or some other condition, a painful joint will limit you from living your life to the fullest due to the inability of the joint to function correctly. Your Lawrenceburg joint pain experts offer various treatment options for chronic pain, including: neck, back, knee, and herniated disc. The joint pain specialists at Elite Physical Medicine also provide their patients with chiropractic services and neuropathy.
What causes joint pain?
Joint pain commences when a joint becomes inflamed, stiff, or begins to break down. Arthritis, which is the most common cause of joint pain, causes inflammation on the connective tissues which make it uncomfortable and difficult to move. Whereas, osteoarthritis develops from improper usage of the joint, injury or age. Joint pain and inflammation can also result from conditions like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.
Pain in multiple joints is common, and is often caused by gout, inflammation, or the onset or flare up of a chronic joint disorder. When various joints develop chronic pain, rheumatologists affirm you could be suffering from either osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in adults, or from juvenile idiopathic arthritis in children.
Other conditions that cause joint pain include:
· Sprains and injuries
· Joint or bone infections
What are joint pain symptoms?
While several signs will alert you to problems, acute joint pain and discomfort may result in:
· Joint redness
· Joint swelling
· Locking of the joint
· Joint warmth and tenderness
· Loss of the joint’s motion range
How can joint pain be treated at home?
Before seeking medical attention, joint experts suggest you do home exercises to relieve the pain. If the pain worsens, however, it could be something serious that requires professional attention. The suggested home remedies are:
· Apply ice to the joint(s) to relieve pain and swelling.
· Apply a heating pad to the inflamed joint to ease muscle spasms after a day of injury.
· Rest your joint and avoid strenuous activities.
What happens during a joint pain diagnosis?
When visiting your doctor for a joint pain diagnosis, he/she will perform an extensive examination to assess the pain symptoms. During this evaluation, the doctor will not only check your medical history and discuss other considerations, like lifestyle and diet, but will also focus on your posture, reflexes, and muscle strength. For further diagnosis, the medical provider may request diagnostic imaging procedures like X-rays.
How are painful joints treated?
When your doctor determines the cause of your joint pain, he/she will recommend a treatment plan according to your specific condition and needs. Your treatment plan will be divided into three phases, the first being an option for pain relief. Once the pain is controlled, you enter the second phase of structural healing which involves exercises and treatments. Ongoing maintenance is the last phase which will help keep you healthy and pain-free.
These treatment options include:
· Massage therapy
· Therapeutic exercise
· Joint injections
· Nerve blocks
· Chiropractic adjustments
· Regenerative medicine
Visit Elite Physical Medicine for a solution to the debilitating pain hindering you from doing the things you fancy. You can also book online evaluations or call for further details.