As you get older, your joints may not work like they used to and become increasingly painful. At California Pain Medicine Center, the pain management specialists offer comprehensive care for persistent joint pain. The team uses on-site X-rays and other diagnostic imaging tests to uncover what’s causing your joint pain. They tailor a treatment plan to reduce your existing pain and restore the full function of your knee joint. Learn more about the available treatment options for chronic knee pain by calling the Santa Monica, California, pain management office or by booking an appointment online today.
The joints in your body are made up of bones, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons that work together to help you move in a variety of ways. When any of these structures have damage or disease, they may not function properly and can cause chronic pain.
While pain can originate in any joint of your body, the most common joints that become painful include your:
Joint pain can result from injuries like falls or auto accidents or develop because of underlying health conditions.
Arthritis is a leading cause of joint pain. While there are over 100 different types of arthritis, the two most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is a wear-and-tear disease that causes the breakdown of the protective cartilage that lines the ends of your joint bones. Without this protection, your bones can rub together and cause persistent inflammation and pain. Untreated osteoarthritis can also lead to joint deformities.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease that causes your body to mistakenly attack healthy joint tissue. This attack triggers persistent inflammation in your joints that causes pain and limits your range of motion.
Other conditions that can cause chronic joint pain include:
You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at California Pain Medicine Center for joint pain that lasts longer than two weeks and isn’t treatable with over-the-counter medications, ice therapy, and rest.
To better understand what’s causing your persistent joint pain, the team at California Pain Medicine Center performs comprehensive physical exams. They evaluate the range of motion you have in your joint and identify areas of swelling or bruising.
You may also need X-rays or other diagnostic imaging tests to evaluate the bones and soft tissues of your joint to identify fractures, infections, or arthritis.
Once the team confirms your diagnosis, they customize a treatment plan to relieve your pain and preserve the function of your joint.
Your initial treatment plan for joint pain may involve over-the-counter or prescription medications to relieve chronic joint inflammation and pain.
If oral medications aren’t providing pain relief, you might need injections that deliver anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving medications directly into your joint. The team might also need to remove excess fluid that builds up in your joint before injecting the medications.
The team at California Pain Medicine Center may also suggest physical therapy to strengthen the muscles that support your joint and improve its function.
If you’re limited by chronic joint pain, call California Pain Medicine Center to schedule a diagnostic evaluation or book a consultation online today.