What is Joint Pain?
Joints are referred to as the location where bones meet. Joints allow the bones in your body to move. Most complaints of joint pain come from joints in the:
What are the Causes of Joint Pain?
While there are many causes of joint pain, most joint pain is the result of an injury or illness. Other conditions that result in joint pain include:
- Breakdown of cartilage
- Bone infection
- Joint fatigue from overuse
What are the Symptoms of Joint Pain?
Joint pain can be mild with soreness only after certain activities, or it can be severe, making movement, particularly bearing weight movement, extremely painful. Symptoms of joint pain mild to severe joint pain include:
- Inflammation of cartilage, bone, ligaments, tendons or muscles
- Inflammation of the joint itself
How is Joint Pain Diagnosed?
To determine the cause of your joint pain, Dr. Lanfield will perform a physical examination. Dr. Lanfield will ask you a series of questions about your joint pain in order to narrow down the potential causes. He may order X-rays of the affected areas to determine if you have arthritis-related joint damage. Dr. Lanfield may also perform blood tests to determine if your joint pain is being caused by an autoimmune disorder.
How is Joint Pain Treated?
Treatment for joint pain varies and is dependent upon the condition that causing it. After the cause of your joint pain has been determined, several treatment may be recommended. These treatments include:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Topical analgesics
- Steroid Injections
- Fluid removal from the joint
- Insertion of artificial joint fluid into the joint
- Heat or cold compress
- Compression wrapping
- Rest and elevation
- Homeopathic medication such as Glucosamine and Chondroitin
What is My Prognosis?
Although troublesome and painful, joint pain is a treatable condition. If you are living with mild or severe joint pain, contact Dr. Lanfield at Kentucky Neurology and Rehab. Dr. Landfield will determine the cause of your joint pain and get you on the road to recovery.