Elbow, wrist, and joint pain are very common problems. They can occur due to many possible causes; however, joint pain is most commonly related to an injury or arthritis. In older individuals, multi-site joint pain is usually associated with osteoarthritis. Younger individuals who are overweight also suffer from multi-site joint pain.
What are the Causes of Joint Pain?
Inflammation due to injury or arthritis is the most common cause of joint pain. The thick layer of tissue lining the joint becomes inflamed. This inflammation causes stiffness, warmth, and tenderness. Forms of arthritis that cause joint pain include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, reactive arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis.
What Conditions Are Associated With Joint Pain?
Gout – Gout is caused by a build-up of uric acid in the blood stream. This uric acid forms crystals in your joints. These crystals lead to the painful, inflamed joints. Gout commonly affects the feet but can occur in any joint of the body. Pseudogout is a similar condition, but involves the build-up of calcium crystals in the joint.
Chondromalacia Patellae – This painful condition is most commonly associated with kneecap damage.
Hermarthrosis – This the painful swelling of the knee associated with bleeding into the joint due to a build-up of blood in the joint space.
Connective Tissue Disease – In conditions such as lupus or scleroderma the immune system attacks healthy cells and connective tissue, causing severe chronic pain.
What Are Possible Complications From Untreated Joint Pain?
Failure to seek medical care may make complications worse. The complications of joint pain are often progressive, varying depending on the underlying cause of the pain. Possible complications include:
• Physical Disability
• Joint Deformity
• Loss of Joint Immobility
• Permanent Instability
• Loss of Sensation
How is Joint Pain Treated?
Joint Pain treatment depends on the cause of your pain. At the Regenerative Institute of Newport Beach we offer a variety of treatment options.
Treatment Options Include:
Steroid Injection – A steroid is injected into the affected joint space to reduce inflammation and swelling. This treatment may involve the removal of synovial fluid (from the joint) for analysis or to eliminate painful fluid build-up. Steroid Injections may relieve chronic pain and improve function for up to 3 months.
Hyaluronic Acid Injection – Hyaluronic acid can be injected to lubricate the joint space. This fluid is similar to synovial fluid of the joint. Patients report significant improvement of pain and mobility that lasts for more than 4 months after the injection.
Stem Cell Treatment – Stem cell treatments are providing significant improvement to the regeneration and repair of patient’s joints damaged by arthritis or injury. Stem cells are derived from your own bone marrow or amniotic fluid. Both are performed in-office and entail very low risk with a potentially huge benefit.
Bracing – A leg or knee brace may be used to apply a corrective force that maintains normal alignment, for joint pain associated with arthritis or injury.
Medications – Pain medications may be prescribed by Dr. Zaffarkhan to treat acute or chronic joint pain. These medications include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), non-narcotic analgesics, and narcotic pain medicines.
At the Regenerative Institute of Newport Beach we offer state-of-the-art surgical and non-surgical treatments for chronic pain and rehabilitation. In addition to osteopathic non-surgical medicine, our team offers solutions for arthritis, neck and back pain, knee pain, hip pain, shoulder pain, elbow, wrist, and joint pain, foot and ankle pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, and more.
The Regenerative Institute of Newport Beach and Dr. Khyber Zaffarkhan are located in the jewel of Southern California, Newport Beach. This location allows Dr. Zaffarkhan and our team to proudly serve the greater Orange County, Los Angeles, and Southern California areas, including Pasadena, Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Malibu, and San Diego.
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