Joint pain is something many people expect to have to deal with as part of the aging process, but whether it’s age-related or not, there are plenty of ways to ease the misery of joint pain. Zaid Malik, MD, of Superior Pain Relief in The Woodlands, Texas, is a highly skilled specialist in interventional pain management who provides exceptional treatments for patients who are experiencing joint pain. Get an accurate diagnosis and the most effective treatments for your joint pain by calling Superior Pain Relief today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment using the online form.
Joint pain is often due to arthritis, but that’s not the only reason your joints might be hurting. Other causes of joint pain include:
To get relief from your joint pain, you need to have an accurate diagnosis of the cause, which the team at Superior Pain Relief can provide.
Diagnosis of joint pain begins with a discussion of your symptoms, a review of your medical history, and a physical examination.
Your provider may also order diagnostic tests to help with the diagnosis and to assess the damage to your joint tissues. Blood tests, X-rays, and ultrasound scans are the most likely tests you’ll need.
Once the test results are back, your provider at Superior Pain Relief can discuss what the tests show and recommend an appropriate course of treatment.
The first stage of treating joint pain is to rest the joints so that your body’s natural healing abilities can kick in. Taking pain-relieving medication and anti-inflammatories can help reduce the pain, but shouldn’t be used as a substitute for resting and other forms of therapy.
Using gentle heat and cooling treatments can help ease pain and reduce swelling, and for some conditions, you may need compression bandages, or possibly a splint or cast to immobilize the joint and encourage healing.
To help your tissues heal, you should undergo a course of physical therapy to strengthen the muscles that connect to the joint, improving stability and helping to increase your mobility. If you’re overweight, the strain the excess pounds are putting on your joints could be a significant factor in the severity of your joint pain, so weight loss can help reduce pain.
Other treatments your provider recommends depend on the cause of your joint pain and the joints involved. Some patients who have joint pain that’s due to sprains and strains recover with rest, pain medication, and physical therapy, whereas other causes require different approaches.
Among the comprehensive array of potential treatments available at Superior Pain Relief, you may benefit from:
The team at Superior Pain Relief can use a combination of these therapies to provide optimum relief of your joint pain and restore normal function. To find out more or schedule a consultation, call the clinic today, or book an appointment online.