Joint Pain Specialist

Evolution Pain and Spine

Interventional Pain Management Physician located in League City, TX & Lake Jackson, TX

f you have joint pain, don’t ignore it or accept it as a normal part of aging. Contact Sunil Thomas, MD, a double board-certified interventional pain management and physical medicine specialist, practicing at Evolution Pain and Spine in League City, Lake Jackson and Sugarland, Texas. Dr. Thomas offers customized care to relieve joint pain and help you get back to your regular activities. Call Evolution Pain and Spine or schedule a consultation online today.

Joint Pain Q&A

What are the common causes of joint pain?

Your joints help you move and provide stability. They also absorb the impact of every step you take, as well as your body weight. As a result, you have a risk of injury or developing a degenerative condition. 

Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of joint pain. This is the degenerative type of arthritis that occurs as the cartilage that cushions and protects your joints wear away. Other causes of joint pain include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Broken bones
  • Sprains
  • Lupus
  • Fibromyalgia

Joint pain can affect any joint in your body, including your spine, hips, knees, and shoulders. It ranges in severity and can become disruptive. 

When should I talk to a doctor about joint pain?

You should never accept joint pain as an inevitable part of aging. If you have joint pain, especially if it interferes with your mobility or quality of life, make an appointment with Dr. Thomas at Evolution Pain and Spine. 

It’s critical to get expert treatment if you sustained an injury or if your joint pain doesn’t subside after a couple of days of rest. 

How is the cause of joint pain diagnosed?

Dr. Thomas provides comprehensive exams to evaluate your joint pain. After reviewing your symptoms and medical history, he examines your painful joint, looking for signs of inflammation and injury. He might gently extend and flex your joint to see if any particular movements trigger your symptoms.

He might order lab tests to check for signs of rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Thomas also uses X-rays, MRIs, and arthroscopy to examine the insides of your joint in more detail. 

How is joint pain treated?

Once Dr. Thomas understands your pain and has identified its cause, he creates a customized, multidisciplinary pain management program. He often combines therapies to deliver pain relief and address the underlying condition. 

Some of the treatments that are often helpful for joint pain include:

  • Joint injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Joint aspiration
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Physical therapy

Your spine consists of 33 vertebrae held together with dozens of joints. If your spine is involved in your joint pain, Dr. Thomas might provide epidural steroid injections or spinal cord stimulation to relieve your pain.

Call Evolution Pain and Spine or make an appointment online today for expert treatments for joint pain.