What is joint pain?
Joint pain refers to any discomfort associated with your joints, the point at which any two bones meet. Inflammation due to infection or overuse, as well as other damage to the bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, or ligaments, can cause pain in the joint.
Joint pain often affects the knees, hands, shoulders, back, neck, hips, elbows, wrists, feet, and ankles. If your joints hurt, you could have one or more symptoms associated with your joints, including:
Warmth or redness
Stiffness, especially in the morning
Tenderness to the touch
Joint pain can be mild and short-term, or more severe, lasting several months or more. It can come and go or may be debilitating and limit your activities. Treatments vary depending on the underlying causes of your joint pain, and you may need ongoing expert care to manage your symptoms.
What causes joint pain?
There are many possible causes of joint pain. It takes a professional evaluation by an expert like Dr. Khan and the team from Melrose Park Immediate Care to accurately diagnose the cause of your discomfort.
Possible causes for joint pain may include:
Arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
Fracture, sprain, or strain
Proper diagnosis of the underlying cause of your joint pain is essential for effective treatment because any condition that damages or injures the tissues of the joint can cause acute or chronic pain.
How is my joint pain diagnosed?
To determine the underlying cause of your pain, Physicians use your health history, a thorough physical exam, laboratory testing, and diagnostic studies, such as:
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Computed tomography (CT)
Specialist can diagnose the underlying cause of your joint pain and provide an effective treatment plan to help you find relief.
What are some treatments for joint pain?
The specific elements of your personalized treatment plan depend on the underlying causes of your joint pain and any other associated symptoms you may have. Physicians may recommend a plan of care that uses a combination of therapies, including:
Medications, including steroids and pain control
Injection therapy, often used for shoulder joint and knee pain
Hot or cold therapy
Melrose Park Immediate Care work with you to determine the best approach to treating your joint pain and help you regain your best health.
For an expert evaluation of your joint pain, call or schedule an appointment online with Melrose Park Immediate Care today.