Did you know that about 14.6 million Americans suffer from severe joint pain? Left unmanaged, joint pain can negatively affect your mobility and prevent you from participating in activities you love. Board-certified interventional pain management specialist Triet Huynh, MD, and the caring providers at Crenshaw Interventional Pain Specialists in Pasadena, Texas, regularly work with people of all ages to diagnose and treat joint pain. To request your appointment today, call the office or book online. Alternatively, you can have an assessment via the practice’s convenient telehealth service.
Joint pain is a common musculoskeletal disorder that refers to aches, soreness, or general discomfort affecting one or more joints, the areas of your body where your bones meet. Joints allow for a full range of motion and make it possible to run, jump, throw, and lift.
Though your joints are incredibly tough and hardworking, they aren’t invincible. Every day, they experience wear-and-tear that puts you at risk. There are more than 300 joints in the human body, including the knees, hips, shoulders, and elbows.
The most common cause of joint pain is arthritis, a blanket term used to describe a group of more than 100 diseases. Other common causes of joint pain include:
Certain infectious diseases also cause joint pain. You might experience soreness or stiffness if you have the flu, hepatitis, or the mumps.
Joint pain affects everyone differently and varies depending on the underlying cause. Common telltale signs of joint pain include:
If you experience joint pain, you might also find it difficult to straighten or bend your affected limb. Simple tasks like walking, climbing a flight of stairs, or getting out of bed in the morning may cause general pain and discomfort.
To diagnose joint pain, your Crenshaw Interventional Pain Specialists provider conducts a physical exam, asks you about your symptoms, and reviews your medical history. They also ask you to stand up, sit down, and walk around the exam room to observe your posture and gait.
If these measures don’t provide enough information or your provider suspects an underlying health problem is to blame, they might also order X-rays or an MRI to get a closer look at your bones and soft tissues.
Crenshaw Interventional Pain Specialists usually recommends conservative, integrative measures of treatment such as rest, ice, compression, and elevation (the RICE protocol) or physical therapy.
If your pain persists or gets worse, you might benefit from facet joint injections, corticosteroid injections, or nerve blocks. If your joint pain is severe or doesn’t respond to treatment, surgical intervention may be necessary.
To request your joint pain appointment at Crenshaw Interventional Pain Specialists today, call the office or book online.