Joints are surrounded by muscles and connective tissue, which allow for movement and stability. Sometimes tissue or joints can become injured, causing pain that can range from mild to severe.
Joint Pain Management
Joint pain can stem from many different conditions, including osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, or sprains. When joint pain lasts over several months, it is considered chronic pain. While joint pain can be managed using a variety of treatments, most people find medication or physical therapy to be most effective.
Over-the-counter medications can be effective in cases that include swelling in the joint. Anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or naproxen help to reduce swelling and decrease pain. In cases of joint pain with no swelling, acetaminophen could help relieve pain. Sometimes, however, over-the-counter drugs are just not enough. In this case, your doctor may prescribe stronger pain medication or muscle relaxers.
Some patients do not find relief from oral medications. In this case, injection therapy may be needed, in which a steroid medication is injected into the joint. While this treatment has proven to be most effective in cases of arthritis or tendonitis, the relief is usually temporary, and patients must return every three to four months to receive additional injections.
For more information on joint pain treatment or to schedule a consultation with one of our pain management doctors, please call Chicagoland Pain Management in Bolingbrook, IL at (630) 312-4505 or in Hinsdale, IL at (630) 856-6825 or use our convenient online appointment request form.
At Chicagoland Pain Management, we treat a range of joint pain conditions utilizing a variety of techniques:
“I had suffered from chronic foot pain, undergone 10 foot surgeries, and taken pain medications on and off for 10 years before receiving the Axium™ Neurostimulator System. It has changed my life, I could not clean my house before without being in pain, and I was so uncomfortable that just having a blanket on my foot at night required a pain pill to sleep and now I can walk barefoot. I am not limping anymore, and I can wear shoes that I could not wear in the past. Even better, I am no longer taking pain medications for my foot. It’s amazing to have severe pain one moment and be nearly free of it the next.”
– Rosemarie W