The joints in our shoulders, knees, hips and ankles are prone to injury from repetitive use, medical conditions, and traumatic injury. When joints become injured pain, loss of motion and flexibility commonly occur. Your healthcare provider will work with you to diagnose and treat your joint pain.
Joint pain has various causes, including osteoarthritis that result in painful joints. As well as, traumatic injury, torn cartilage, tendonitis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, bursitis, and more. Joint pain is characterized by pain when moving the joint, dull aching when the joint is at rest, as well as popping, grinding, or catching sensations while the joint is in motion.
To determine whether you are suffering from joint pain or from another condition, your provider will start with a comprehensive medical review and physical exam. Diagnostic tests that include x-rays, lab results, and/or MRIs will also be reviewed.
Joint pain may be treated in many ways including non-opioid adjuvant medications, joint injections, and complementary therapies such as acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractic care, and physical therapy. Joint pain may be treated as part of a care team model involving pain psychology, pain management, orthopedic surgery and primary care specialties working together.