Joint pain could be due to overuse or acute injury, but in many cases, it's a result of arthritis. Whatever the cause of your joint pain, the experienced physicians at Stellar Pain and Spine Specialists can help. At their offices in the Northside of Chicago and western suburbs, including Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Lake View East, Ukrainian Village, Budlong Woods, Norwood Park West, Bucktown, Andersonville, River Forest, and Oak Park, Illinois, the team delivers a range of therapies for joint pain, including image-guided steroid injections and radiofrequency ablation. Find a solution to your joint pain by calling or booking an appointment online.
Your joints contain bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons (which join muscles to bones), and ligaments (which join bones together). There are also many nerve endings. Any of these tissues or structures can be a source of joint pain.
Some of the most common joint pain conditions include:
Tendons and ligaments are often a source of joint pain due to sports injuries and other traumas. Sometimes these problems become chronically painful, or an overuse condition like carpal tunnel syndrome might develop over time. You may also experience joint pain with a condition like fibromyalgia.
If you have joint pain, first rest the affected joint so it has a chance to heal, and use pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory medication to ease your symptoms. The application of hot and cold compresses can also reduce swelling and relieve pain.
The Stellar Pain and Spine team is likely to prescribe a course of physical therapy to rebuild joint strength, improve mobility, and help stabilize the joint. You might also need to wear a splint, brace, or cast to immobilize the joint while it heals.
Being overweight or obese puts extra strain on your joints, so weight loss can often help with joint pain. Massage and manipulation are also beneficial for some patients.
These methods often relieve acute joint pain, but if your pain doesn't improve or you have a condition like arthritis that continues to deteriorate, you might need further treatments.
If your joint pain doesn't respond to conservative treatments, or these therapies lose their effectiveness, Stellar Pain and Spine offers a range of additional interventions. Possible treatments include:
Stronger painkillers may be necessary for problems like advanced arthritis but require careful management to reduce the risk of side effects and dependency.
Steroids are very effective in reducing even severe inflammation and are often reasonably long-lasting.
Nerve blocks are injections of a local anesthetic that completely numbs the painful joint for several hours.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a substance that your body makes to help keep your joints lubricated. You may not have enough HA in your body as you get older, in which case injections can compensate.
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive way of heating the nerves that send pain messages to your brain. The treatment provides long-lasting pain relief, but the nerves do eventually regenerate.
The Stellar Pain and Spine team uses COOLIEF® Cooled Radiofrequency treatment, an advanced, water-cooled form of radiofrequency ablation for knee pain.
If joint pain is reducing your mobility and affecting your quality of life, call Stellar Pain and Spine today or book an appointment online.