Joint pain is, as you might expect, pain in the joints. This includes discomfort, pain, or inflammation arising from any part of a joint. It is a common condition which increases with age, body weight, and joint overuse. It can affect any part of the body from head to toe. According to a recent survey, knees, shoulders, and hips were the most common areas for joint pain.
What causes joint pain?
- Osteoarthritis: a degenerative joint disease that occurs when the cartilage cushioning the joint wears down over time. The joint then becomes painful.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis: a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects joints and other parts of the body. It causes pain and swelling of the joint and may lead to joint deformation. Bursitis: inflammation of sacs of fluid that cushion the joints.
- Gout: a form of arthritis that most often affects the big toe.
- Injuries: strains, sprains, and other injuries.
- Viral Infections: may cause pain in the joints.
- Tendinitis: Inflammation of the bands that connect the bone to the muscle.
Managing Joint Pain
Joint pain ranges in intensity from mild to debilitating and may be acute or chronic. However, any joint pain can affect your quality of life by restricting mobility. Medication, physical therapy, or alternative therapies can be used to manage both acute and chronic joint pain.
Different medicines are used to treat joint pain based on its severity. Medications include:
- Acetaminophen: for mild pain not accompanied by swelling.
- Over-the-counter or prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID): for moderate-to-severe joint pain
At PCC, a multidisciplinary team of specialists will:
- Assess joint health and create individualized joint rehabilitation plans.
- Provide mobility and home exercise guidance.
- Provide ultrasound guided joint nerve removal.
- Prescribe appropriate assistive devices or braces for support as needed.
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