Personalized Treatments That Promote Long-Lasting Relief From Joint Pain
Millions of Americans suffer from joint pain. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that there are effective treatment options available that can help improve quality of life and reduce pain. When you get in touch with an experienced Alvin interventional pain medicine physician, you can find personalized treatment options that promote long lasting relief from joint pain. Don’t continue to suffer; reach out today to schedule your appointment and learn more about the treatments that are available to relieve joint pain!
What Causes Joint Pain?
Inside each joint in the human body, connective tissue and fluids cushion the area and prevent the bones from grinding against each other. Different types of joints enable different types of movement. There can be many reasons for pain in joints.
In many cases, joint pain is caused by arthritis. This umbrella term refers to a number of diseases, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. In people who suffer from osteoarthritis, the cartilage no longer cushions the bones and begins to break down. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition in which the body attacks the joints, usually in symmetrical patterns around the body. Both types of arthritis result in inflammation, stiffness, and pain.
Although joint pain probably cannot be completely prevented, further joint pain can be reduced with lifestyle changes. These include:
Maintaining a healthy weight: Reduce stress on joints, especially weight-bearing joints like hips and knees, by losing excess weight.
Managing blood sugar: High blood sugar levels can cause stiffness and inflammation in joint tissues.
Low impact exercise: Swimming, walking, yoga, and cycling are excellent choices that are good for your body and strengthen your muscles. 30 minutes of exercise five times a week is ideal for most people.
Stretching: Improve your range of motion, keep your joints flexible, and increase joint lubrication with simple daily stretches.
Eat a balanced diet: Eating healthy foods and avoiding processed foods, alcohol, and caffeine can improve your overall health and keep your joints in good condition.
Multivitamins: Your doctor may recommend a multivitamin or other nutritional supplements to help maintain optimal health.
Steroid injections into painful joints can be very effective at relieving pain for 6-12 months. This is a popular therapy that is non-invasive and works well for many people.
An injection in your joint with medication can effectively provide short term or long term pain relief. Nerve blocks are most commonly used for knee or shoulder pain.
Your doctor may recommend over counter anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, which can help reduce inflammation and pain in your joints. Although these types of medications can be beneficial for a while, they are not ideal for long term use because they can lead to liver damage and other complications. Your Dickinson interventional pain medicine physicianmay also prescribe other medications that reduce joint inflammation and pain to make your life more comfortable.
Radiofrequency Ablation Therapy
This long-standing treatment uses radio waves to warm up targeted areas of your nerve tissue in your joints. The goal of this treatment is to reduce pain signals from a specific area. Radiofrequency ablation therapy is especially effective for joints that are affected by arthritis, making it a great treatment option for many of our patients.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
This innovative therapy is becoming increasingly popular due to its effectiveness. Some of your blood will be drawn and spun in a centrifuge in order to separate the platelets, which are a type of tiny blood cell that promote clotting and healing. Once the platelets have been separated from the rest of your blood and concentrated, they will be injected into your joints, where their healing properties will promote repair on your joints to reduce pain.
In conjunction with other therapies and treatments, physical therapy can help increase your range of motion and strengthen the areas around your joints to reduce pain.
Find Relief For Your Painful Joints With A Top Rated Interventional Pain Medicine Physician
Joint pain doesn’t have to dictate your life! If you’re ready to find relief, schedule your appointment with Evolution Pain and Spine, a state of the art facility with innovative treatment options for degenerative and injury related pain. Our double board certified physician, Dr. Thomas, will develop a personalized, multidisciplinary treatment plan that can improve your mobility and quality of life. Our goal is to find the root cause of your pain and minimize medications so that you can find relief while getting back to your regular activities. Contact our office today to learn more about how we can help relieve your joint pain and to schedule your appointment.