Chronic and acute joint pain is frustrating and limits your mobility, preventing you from completing your tasks effectively. Holmdel joint pain conservative treatments at Gramercy Pain Center should be your ultimate choice if you are relentlessly searching for long-term relief from joint pain.
What is joint pain?
Joint pain is inflammation, discomfort, or pain in one or more joints. Joints consist of cartilage, muscles, ligaments, bones, and tendons. These tissues facilitate motion, making them vulnerable to inflammation or joint pain injuries. Your pain may be a mild ache or debilitating pain that may limit your mobility due to soreness after intense physical activities or bearing heavy weight. The crippling pain may be due to underlying diseases such as arthritis. If you experience joint pain that does not improve with rest or over-the-counter pain relievers, you may need medical assistance.
What factors contribute to joint pain?
Joint pain may be due to common injuries such as joint dislocations, ligament sprains, and tendon and muscle strains, resulting in acute pain and additional symptoms such as bruising and swelling. Chronic joint pain may be due to psoriatic arthritis, gout, osteoarthritis, bursitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and septic arthritis.
The most prevalent cause of chronic joint pain is osteoarthritis because it is a wear and tear disorder resulting in cartilage degradation. Without the protective cartilage, your bones rub against each other, causing inflammation, tenderness, and pain in the affected joints. Most chronic diseases often affect older adults, but they can also develop in younger people. If chronic pain is left untreated, the underlying cause may worsen, causing severe damage to your limbs.
How can your doctor diagnose joint pain?
During your medical exam, your provider may examine the affected joint for swelling, warmth, and redness. The team at Gramercy Pain Center may also request you to move your limbs in different ways to examine your range of motion and the severity of your health condition. The team may also use digital imaging such as X-rays, CT scans, ultrasound, and MRI to understand your health condition better.
What are the available treatment approaches for joint pain?
Dr. Varma prefers beginning your treatment with conservative approaches before moving to minimally invasive procedures. Your treatment approach may depend on the underlying cause of your joint inflammation, severity, age, and effect on your mobility and general health. Resting often relieves joint stress and pain, but inactiveness in these oints may also aggravate the disease. Your provider at Gramercy Pain Center may recommend physical therapy to restore your joint flexibility, stability, and strength. Dr. Varma may also offer medications that alleviate inflammation and pain.
In some cases, you may benefit from wearing compression bandages or immobilizing the affected joint in a splint, cast, or brace. If you are obese, losing weight may relieve joint stress and pain. Joint pain often responds to regenerative approaches, and rarely do they require surgery.
Call Gramercy Pain Center or book an appointment online to obtain relief from joint pain.