Joint pain could come from any of the bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and nerves that make up your joints.
Acute injuries are the most common causes of joint pain, including sprains (damaged ligaments), strains (damaged tendons or muscles), dislocations, cartilage tears, and fractures. Chronic causes of joint pain include:
You might also experience joint pain if you have a condition like fibromyalgia or lupus.
There are numerous possible treatments for joint pain. Your provider at Pain Specialists of Oregon selects those that are most likely to help you from options such as:
Physical therapy helps to improve joint strength and mobility and stabilizes the injured joint. Your physical therapist might also fit you with a splint or brace to protect the joint while it heals.
Pain medications and anti-inflammatory drugs are often helpful for joint pain, easing symptoms, and reducing inflammation. If you have a condition like rheumatoid arthritis, you might need to take disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) or biologics to reduce your symptoms.
PRP uses growth factors contained in platelets extracted from your blood to boost natural healing.
Stem cells also boost your body’s ability to heal.
Steroid injections are highly effective in lessening even severe, prolonged inflammation. The effects of the injections could last for up to a year.
Nerve block injections contain a local anesthetic. The injections numb your joint pain for several hours.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a natural fluid that hydrates and lubricates your joints and tissues. As you get older, HA levels drop — if that happens, hyaluronic acid injections can compensate.
The team at Pain Specialists of Oregon performs joint injections using X-ray or ultrasound imaging guidance to ensure improved effectiveness and less pain during the procedure.
If you've exhausted other treatment options, Pain Specialists of Oregon offers several cutting-edge options, such as:
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive method of stopping nerves from sending pain messages to your brain. It offers long-lasting pain relief, although the nerves can regenerate in time.
A peripheral nerve stimulator is a device your provider implants into your body. It delivers electrical pulses to the nerves generating pain signals, scrambling them before they reach your brain.
If joint pain is affecting your quality of life, call Pain Specialists of Oregon today or book an appointment online.