Joint pain is a common problem that can have a far-reaching range of root causes, and which can also be severe enough that it interferes with your everyday life.
According to a recent study, roughly 1 in 3 adults reported they had joint pain in the last 30 days. And this number continues to rise as more causes and cases are identified slowly.
So what causes joint pain? And what are the solutions that are available for your unique condition? Take a closer look at this all-too-common and potentially painful medical issue, and what you can do to finally find long-lasting relief.
Joint pain can originate from several underlying causes or can be a stand-alone problem. Here are just a few of the conditions that can lead to persistent joint pain.
- Osteoarthritis – Osteoarthritis, or OA, is a result of aging joints, obesity, current or past injuries, or all of the above. This condition results in joint pain, and especially in the neck, back, hips, wrists, and hands.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis – Rheumatoid Arthritis occurs when your body’s immune system and defenses target the linings of your joints, causing pain. It is unique, in that patients often experience symmetrical pain on both sides of the body, such as both of the knees, or both of the hands and wrists.
- Bursitis – Bursitis is the irritation or inflammation of a bursa sac, which are located throughout the body, and which contain fluids to help ease friction and rubbing between your bones, muscles, tendons and other tissues.
- Strains, sprains, and other injuries – Joint pain can also commonly be caused by current or past injuries, such as sprains or strains, which may not have properly healed.
Regardless of the cause, joint pain can be temporary and may go away on its own, or it can last for several weeks or even months, and gradually grow in discomfort.
Even short-term joint pain can interrupt your life, however, and may pop up again and again over time with more frequency – a phenomenon known as chronic joint pain.
Providers manage joint pain with:
- Physical therapy
- Alternative treatments
However, typically, these solutions address the resulting pain, and not the cause of the joint pain itself.
As such, to ensure permanent and long-term treatment, you need to consult with a medical specialist like the team at ACELLerated Interverventional Orthopedics for an in-depth review of your unique joint pain condition.
Like all cases of long-term pain, your pain is unique, and the treatment you likely require is individualized.
The good news is our medical team has had ample experience addressing all types of joint pain – and their varying causes – so we have the resources and expertise required to get you back to your life.
Remember, most of our treatments are non-invasive. So, you don’t have to rely on painful surgeries or prescription painkillers to start feeling like your old self.
Simply schedule your consultation today. We’ll dive deeper to find the best course of treatment for you.