Joint Pain and its Types
Joints are the portions of our body where two bones meet each other; they help facilitate movements in our body. There are various types of joints like knee joints, elbow joints, hip joints, and shoulder joints. If at all these joints become degraded or injured, it leads to pains, aches and a person is not able to perform daily tasks.
Joint pain is an extremely common ailment; knee pain being the most common. Almost 100 million Americans suffer from some form of joint pain every year and around 25% of the anti-inflammatory medicine sold is for joint pain. Joint pains can be acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term); they also can range from mild to crippling in their intensity.
Why do Joints Pain?
Joint pain is a very broad ailment having a spectrum of underlying conditions and causes triggering it. Different joints can have specific reasons to why the pain is getting generated, but there are common reasons for joint pain. Arthritis, particularly osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, is a widespread reason for joint pain. Wear-tear of your joints due to aging or doing heavy activities might be the reason why you are feeling pain.
There are other reasons why an individual might be experiencing joint pain, they are bursitis, sciatica, lupus, gout, tendinitis, cartilage degeneration, injury, cancer, the excessive burden on joints, and many more.
Symptoms of Joint Pain
Mostly, joint pains can be cured by just resting, and only in a few cases, medical attention is needed. Visit a doctor if:
You have joint pain lasting for a few days.
You are experiencing swelling, redness, change in skin color, and warmth in the pain area.
You cannot do full movements due to the pain and your joint is visibly deformed.
You have fever and weakness.
All of the above symptoms are a good reason for you to visit the doctor.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Joint Pain
Our physicians and pain specialists at Dunes Pain Clinic have vast experience in treating a wide variety of Joint Pain. The physician will diagnose the root cause of the pain through physical examinations or imaging scans like X-Ray or CT-scans. Once the cause of the pain is established, the physician will then proceed towards treating the Joint Pain.
The joint pain might get treated by just one form of therapy, or it can require a combination of many therapies and techniques. We at Dunes Pain are well-versed with both invasive and non-invasive, conservative and alternative therapies.
Medication and Drugs: The physician may prescribe you known painkillers like ibuprofen or aspirin. You might be administered anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, antidepressants, and NSAIDs to relieve you from your pain and inflammation.
Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy: You might be advised to do certain exercises and stretching techniques so as to make your muscles-joints-ligaments strong and flexible thereby reducing pain. The occupational therapist might advise you to do certain movements differently or avoid them.
Minimally invasive surgeries: You may be administered minimally invasive surgical treatments like nerve blocks and epidural steroid injections.
Alternative Therapies: Therapies like acupuncture, meditation, yoga stretches, and lifestyle changes are also effective in reducing joint pains.
Call Dunes Pain if you suffer from any Joint Pain!