Joint pain is one of the most common causes of reduced mobility, and if it turns chronic, it can have a severe impact on your ability to lead an active, happy life. The highly qualified doctors at Chicagoland Pain Management in Bolingbrook and Hinsdale, Illinois, have many years of experience in helping patients who have chronic joint pain using a variety of innovative treatments. To find out more, call Chicagoland Pain Management today or book an appointment online.
Joints are subject to many stresses and strains that can cause damage and pain, as well as being vulnerable to degenerative conditions. Joints are hardworking parts of your body, enabling you to move freely and keeping your body stable.
Your joints have bones, muscles, tendons joining muscles to bones, and ligaments joining the bones together. Any of these tissues can suffer injury or damage that causes joint pain.
Common causes of joint pain include:
Joint pain is chronic when it lasts more than a few months.
The initial treatment for joint pain involves resting the joint to give it a chance to heal, followed by physical therapy to rebuild strength and function. Physical therapy for joint pain involves following a program of exercises that strengthen the muscles around the joint, helping to stabilize it and improve mobility.
Medications can lessen inflammation and ease your pain and other symptoms, and applying hot and cold therapies can reduce swelling and also provide pain relief. You may need compression bandages or some form of immobilization on the joint, such as a splint or cast, to ensure you give the tissues time to heal.
If you’re overweight, this puts a strain on your joints, so reducing your weight also helps relieve symptoms of joint pain. You may find massage or manipulation also helps with the pain and restores function to the joints.
If you develop chronic joint pain, your doctor may recommend a course of treatment for the problem that targets the source of the pain, for example:
Injection therapies that use steroid medication to reduce pain and inflammation are most effective in patients who have arthritis or tendonitis, providing relief for 3-4 months before another injection is required.
If you have chronic joint pain, the specialist physicians at Chicagoland Pain Management can provide the latest science-backed treatments to give you the best chance of recovery and relief from your pain. Call the clinic today to schedule an appointment, or use the online booking tool.
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