You may associate joint pain with arthritis, but there are many possible problems that can make using the joint unbearable. At Caring Pain Management in North and Central New Jersey and New York City, Jinghui Xie, MD, can diagnose and provide joint treatments, creating individualized therapies that work best for alleviating each patient’s unique joint condition.
All of your joints are susceptible to pain because they repeat the same movements. Eventually, overuse leads to small tears in the soft tissues.
However, the large joints that support your body weight — your ankles, knees, and hips — are especially vulnerable to injury and joint degeneration.
Joint pain is often caused by:
● Sprains and strains● Acute trauma● Osteoarthritis● Rheumatoid arthritis● Meniscus injuries● Dislocation● Bursitis
Joint problems that don’t have enough time to heal, or that don’t get early treatment, can rapidly get worse and lead to progressive joint damage.
The conditions and injuries that cause joint pain usually result in other symptoms. While the exact symptoms depend on the joint and the underlying problem, you may experience:
● Swelling● Redness● Tingling or numbness● Joint instability● Stiffness● Inability to move the joint● Visible joint deformity
If your symptoms are associated with a known injury, it’s important to get quick medical attention from Caring Pain Management to make sure you don’t need treatment for torn tissues, a fracture, or a dislocation.
Otherwise, you should get medical care if your symptoms don’t improve after a few days or they get worse.
At Caring Pain Management, Dr. Xie begins with a conservative approach. Your initial treatment for an injury may begin with immobilization or activity modification to give the joint time to heal.
However, therapies to improve strength and restore mobility as soon as possible are important for maintaining joint function. If your joint pain doesn’t improve, Dr. Xie offers several treatments that relieve your pain and support your recovery, including:
● Physical therapy● Nerve blocks● Cortisone injections● Prolotherapy● Viscosupplementation● Hyaluronic acid injections
Dr. Xie works with you to determine the best treatment plan for your needs.