Joints are the parts of your body where your bones meet. Joint pain is often merely a result of the damage that occurs through normal wear and tear. However, it can also be a sign of an infection or potentially debilitating rheumatoid arthritis.
Joint pain refers to discomfort, aches, and soreness in any of the body’s joints. Joint pain is a common complaint, and does not typically require a hospital visit. Arthritis is a frequent cause of joint pain. However, it can also be caused by other conditions or factors.
Conditions other than arthritis that can cause joint pain include:
Bursitis (inflammation of the cushioning pads around joints)
Certain infectious diseases (such as mumps, influenza, and hepatitis)
Chondromalacia of the patella (breakdown of the kneecap’s cartilage)
Tendinitis (inflammation of the tendon)
Infection of the bone
Your treatment options will depend on the cause of the pain. Medication may be injected into the joint to alleviate pain. Nerves surrounding the joint may also be numbed to decrease pain. Newer techniques such as cryotherapy may be used. In some cases, your doctor will need to draw out fluid that has accumulated in the joint area, or recommend that a surgeon replace the joint.
Other non-surgical treatment methods could include lifestyle changes or medications.
Here at Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center and Brazos Pain Management, our number one goal is to relieve your pain and improve and increase your quality of life by utilizing state-of-the-art treatment approaches for pain unresponsive to conservative treatments. Give us a call today to discuss your pain management needs.