Joint Pain Q & A
What are the common causes of joint pain?
Arthritis is the most prevalent cause of joint pain. Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis cause inflammation, pain, and stiffness in your joints.
Osteoarthritis is the degenerative type of arthritis that develops as the cartilage that covers the bones in your joints wears away. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes your body to attack the synovial lining of your joints.
Other common causes of joint pain include:
Infections and injuries
Illnesses like mumps, hepatitis, and cancer can cause joint inflammation and pain.
When should I talk to a doctor about joint pain?
Many patients assume that joint pain is an inevitable part of aging. However, in most cases, a doctor can help you manage or eliminate your joint pain.
If you have joint pain that doesn’t go away with a few days of rest and at-home care like over-the-counter pain relievers and ice, you should contact Oklahoma Pain Physicians for help.
Other signs that you should see a physician for joint pain include having an injury, visible deformity, or not being able to flex or extend the joint fully.
How is the cause of joint pain diagnosed?
The team at Oklahoma Pain Physicians assesses your joint pain with a thorough exam and diagnostic imaging studies.
During your consultation, they talk to you about your pain and condition and visually assess your joints for signs of damage. They also order X-rays and MRIs to examine the inside of your joints for more information to confirm their diagnosis.
How is joint pain treated?
The team at Oklahoma Pain Physicians provides personalized pain management plans for joint pain. Depending on your specific condition, your provider might suggest:
Peripheral nerve blocks
The team often combines several pain management techniques to approach your pain from several angles. Their goal is to relieve your pain and get you back to your regular activities as quickly and safely as possible.
If you have joint pain, call Oklahoma Pain Physicians or request an appointment online today for expert, multidisciplinary pain management services.
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