Many people delay seeking treatment for joint pain for fear they will be told they need joint replacement surgery. If you suffer from persistent joint pain, you have treatment options. The physicians at TSAOG Orthopaedics & Spine are dedicated to reducing your pain and restoring mobility to your joints. We will evaluate your specific case and discuss your options for treatment. If surgery is recommended, our joint replacement specialists will work with you to ensure the best possible outcome.
Any type of damage to your joints (from injury or disease) can create joint pain and limit your movement. Many different conditions can cause joint pain, including but not limited to:
Joint pain is very common and becomes an even more common occurrence as we age. If chronic joint pain is slowing you down, schedule an appointment with an orthopedic specialist to find out what is causing your pain and discuss your treatment options.
Medication – Medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs and muscle relaxants may be prescribed to alleviate your pain.
Physical Therapy and Exercise – The application of a targeted exercise program can help to strengthen and stabilize the muscles around your painful joint, improving your range of motion. It can also help with weight loss, which limits the pressure you put on your joints through daily weight-bearing activities.
If conservative treatment is not successful, you would likely proceed to interventional methods, or joint injections. The most common joint injections both seek to alleviate pain and increase range of motion. They are:
Finally, there are 2 main surgical options for dealing with joint pain:
Arthroscopic Surgery – Arthroscopic surgery (or joint scope) is a minimally invasive surgical option which uses a small incision and arthroscope to view and operate on a damaged joint. In cases of joint pain, arthroscopic surgery can be used to clean out or repair the damaged area of the joint.
Joint Replacement – If the joint is damaged beyond repair, the final option is joint replacement, which removes and replaces all or part of the damaged joint with an implant. The physicians of TSAOG Orthopaedics & Spine currently offer: