Joint pain is a common problem in people of all ages, and it can severely limit your mobility. If you’re struggling with joint pain, Ajay Varma, MD, DABA, DABAPM, Ali Valimahomed, MD, and the expert team at Gramercy Pain Center in Holmdel, Red Bank and Montclair, New Jersey, can help. They offer an extensive range of treatments, including the most advanced therapies for osteoarthritis — the number one cause of joint pain. Call Gramercy Pain Center or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool today.
Joints are the hinges in your body that enable you to move around and carry out all the activities you do each day, from washing and dressing to driving, working, and exercising. Joints that are healthy and functioning properly give you an extensive range of motion and help keep your body stable.
Joints are made up of two or more bones, plus muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. Any of these tissues can suffer injury or damage that causes joint pain.
Your joints suffer numerous stresses and strains every day, so acute injuries and joint deterioration are quite common problems.
Common injuries that cause joint pain include ligament sprains, muscle and tendon strains, and joint dislocations. These types of injuries typically cause acute pain and symptoms like swelling and bruising.
Chronic conditions that cause joint pain include osteoporosis and bursitis.
The most common cause of joint pain is arthritis. Among the many different types of arthritis, the most common are:
Of these, the most widespread is osteoarthritis, which affects around 32.5 million people in the United States. Osteoarthritis develops because of years of wear on your joints, which causes the protective cartilage at the ends of your bones to degrade and wear away.
Without protection, the bones rub against each other, creating inflammation. This leads to pain, tenderness, and swollen joints. Your joints might start twisting as well, and you’ll find it increasingly difficult to use the affected joints.
Dr. Varma and the team at Gramercy Pain Center usually begin treatment for joint pain with conservative approaches. The exact treatment plan they devise depends on what’s causing your joint pain, how severe it is, how much it affects your mobility, and factors like your age and general health.
Resting the joint relieves stress and gives tissues time to heal, but it’s also important to exercise joints correctly. Following a physical therapy program helps keep your joints flexible and builds up the muscles around your joints, improving strength and stability.
Medication can lessen pain and inflammation, as can applying heat or ice packs to the affected area. You might need to wear compression bandages or have the affected joint immobilized using a cast, brace, or splint. You can also relieve joint pain by losing weight if you’re overweight or obese.
Many types of joint pain respond well to a course of regenerative medicine treatments such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy.
If your joint pain doesn’t improve with these conservative approaches, Dr. Varma can offer a range of additional treatments. These include steroid injections into the joints to relieve inflammation and nerve block injections that use a local anesthetic to relieve pain.
The professionals at Gramercy Pain Center use ultrasound guidance when delivering injectable treatments to ensure the medication reaches the source of your joint pain. You could benefit from 3-4 months of relief from joint pain before requiring another injection.
If you’re suffering because of joint pain, Dr. Varma and the Gramercy Pain Center team provide the most advanced, effective treatments available. Call today to schedule an appointment or book online at any time.