Your risk for chronic joint pain increases as you get older or if you’ve already had an injury to a joint. At Ohio Pain Clinic in Centerville, Ohio, pain management specialist Amol Soin, MD, offers comprehensive joint care that focuses on the root cause of your joint pain. Whether you need to start a physical therapy program or require surgery to repair a damaged joint, Dr. Soin customizes your treatment to improve your joint function for both the short-term and the long-term. Schedule a joint pain consultation at Ohio Pain clinic online or by calling the office today.
Your body has many joints that give you the ability to move in certain ways. While pain can affect any of the joints in your body, chronic pain is most common in the joints of your:
You may also develop pain in your facet joints, which connect the bones of your spine and give you flexibility for a variety of movements.
When any of these joints are affected by injury or disease, you may experience inflammation, stiffness, and chronic pain.
Chronic joint pain is often the result of arthritis. The most common is osteoarthritis, a condition that causes the deterioration of the protective cartilage that covers the ends of your bones and allows your joints to rub together.
Rheumatoid arthritis is another disease that causes joint pain. This immune disorder causes your body to mistakenly attack the healthy lining of your joints, triggering chronic inflammation, joint stiffness, and chronic pain.
There are many other causes of chronic joint pain and some of the most common include:
If you participate in sports or other high-impact activities, you may be prone to joint pain from overuse injuries, especially if you play baseball, tennis, golf, or other activities that require repetitive motions.
Diagnosing joint pain typically involves a physical exam and an X-ray to evaluate the extent of your joint damage. Dr. Soin may also request bloodwork to identify or rule out infection or other types of disease.
Once he understands the cause and severity of your pain, Dr. Soin creates an individual treatment plan that focuses on pain relief and the overall improvement of your joint health.
Initially, Dr. Soin may recommend using anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling and pain. He may also suggest starting a physical therapy program to keep your joints flexible and slow down the progression of arthritis or other diseases.
If these therapies aren’t enough to address your joint pain, you may be a good candidate for injections of anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medications directly into the affected joint.
When joint damage is severe or you develop a deformity in the affected joint, Dr. Soin may discuss your options for minimally invasive surgery to repair or remove the damaged areas of your joint. You may also need a joint replacement procedure where a portion or all of your affected joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint.
You don’t have to suffer with chronic joint pain. Find out more about treatment options for joint pain by calling Ohio Pain Clinic or by requesting an appointment online now.