Joint Pain Coconut Creek, FL
For many patients, joint pain treatment allows them to return to enjoying their day-to-day activities. Joint pain can quickly become debilitating or even worsen your condition if left untreated. If you have joint pain, do not hesitate to seek professional treatment.
At Interventional Pain & Wellness Center, we offer joint pain consults and treatments for patients with an injury or ongoing health condition, such as arthritis. Our team can help you get back to moving freely without the pain. To learn more about a procedure or schedule an appointment, call (954) 707-6939 today.
Arthritis is a condition in which one or more joints become inflamed and tender. Over 100 types of arthritis and related conditions can affect patients of all ages, sexes, and races. However, the most common types of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder of unknown causes. In rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system attacks the joints, starting with the joints’ lining.
Arthritis is mostly characterized by joint pain, stiffness, and swelling. The condition may also decrease the patient’s range of motion and cause reddening skin around the joint. For many patients, symptoms are worse in the morning than at any other time of day. In addition, patients with osteoarthritis may experience:
- Bone spurs
- Grating sensation when using the joint
- Loss of flexibility
- Tenderness at the joint
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis may feel fatigued or experience a loss of appetite as a result of the inflammation caused by the immune system’s activity. They may also suffer from anemia or a slight fever.
Osteoarthritis, also known as wear-and-tear arthritis, degenerative joint disease, or degenerative disc disease, is the leading type of arthritis. It occurs when the smooth cushion between the cartilage breaks down, making joints swollen, painful, and hard to move. Though it can affect any joint, it usually affects the hands, hips, knees, lower back, and neck.
Osteoarthritis can occur in adults of any age and gender. However, it most typically occurs in women in their 50s. It is a progressive disease that starts gradually and worsens over time. Fortunately, there are ways to manage or even prevent osteoarthritis pain. Staying active and maintaining a healthy weight can help keep the pain at bay while improving joint function.
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Degenerative Joint Disease
Also known as degenerative disc disease, degenerative joint disease is a condition in which the cartilage between the bones deteriorates over time. This causes the joints to become painful, swollen, and difficult to move. The condition typically attacks the hands, hips, knees, lower back, and neck, also affecting the joints.
While the symptoms of degenerative joint disease can usually be managed, the damage to the joints is irreversible. Patients can help slow the progression of the disease by staying active and maintaining a healthy weight. Some treatments can also help improve pain and joint function. The disease is a progressive condition that most often affects women in their 50s, with symptoms worsening over time. However, adults of any age and gender can be affected.
Diagnosing and Treating Joint Pain
Joint pain is typically progressive, meaning symptoms are slow to set in. As a result, it is often hard to diagnose until it begins causing painful symptoms or starts impeding one's daily activities. Joint conditions, such as arthritis and degenerative joint disease, are typically diagnosed through X-rays, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans for more complex cases. MRI scans create bone and soft tissue images using radio waves and a magnetic field. We may also use other diagnostic tests to exclude any other possible conditions. This includes joint fluid analysis and arthroscopy.
Mild symptoms are often manageable with over-the-counter painkillers, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or acetaminophen. However, as symptoms progress, medical treatment may also become necessary. In such cases, we can help manually shift the bones and adjust them into place. Many patients also find that hyaluronic acid injection treatment can provide some pain relief. This type of therapy involves an injection of hyaluronic acid into the knee to provide extra cushioning between the bones. We also provide joint therapy and joint injections for patients with chronic pain.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How common is arthritis?
A. Arthritis is extremely common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), arthritis affects approximately 58.5 million U.S. adults. This number is expected to increase as the population ages.
Q. Can cracking knuckles cause arthritis?
A. Currently, there is no definitive evidence that cracking your knuckles can cause arthritis. However, repeatedly injuring a joint or causing it to swell can damage the cartilage. This may lead to osteoarthritis.
Q. What foods should I eat if I have degenerative joint disease?
A. If you have degenerative joint disease, it is important to avoid any foods that may promote inflammation in the body. You should also focus on reducing your cholesterol and maintaining a healthy weight. Eating a balanced diet of calcium- and vitamin-D-rich foods can help.
Q. How can obesity cause degenerative joint disease?
A. Any excess weight will place excess pressure on the joints. This is especially true for weight-bearing joints like the hips and knees. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), persons with arthritis can reduce pain and improve function just by losing 10 to 12 pounds.
Q. Can I prevent arthritis?
A. There is no definitive way to prevent arthritis. You can, however, control your risk factors. Maintain a healthy weight, try to avoid activities that will lead to joint injuries, and do not smoke.
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By visiting us as soon as possible, our team can help get you the professional treatment you need. Instead of waiting around and allowing the symptoms to get worse, we can provide you with treatment options.
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Consultations and treatments for joint pain are available at our office. The Interventional Pain & Wellness Center team looks forward to treating you, helping you manage your condition, and reducing your pain and symptoms. Call our office at 954-707-6939 to learn more or schedule an appointment.
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