Excelsior Pain Management
Jonathan Chin, MD
Pain Management located in Austin, TX
Joint pain may only show up following certain activities, or be a constant source of discomfort and frustration that’s impossible to ignore. At Excelsior Pain Management in Austin, Texas, Harvard-trained and double board-certified pain management specialist, Jonathan Chin, MD, can help you manage joint pain resulting from arthritis inflammation and other conditions. To learn more, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Joint Pain Q & A
What causes joint pain?
The term “joint pain” is often used interchangeably with arthritis, a group of joint conditions that cause inflammation, resulting in pain and stiffness.
Arthritis is indeed a common cause of joint pain, particularly osteoarthritis brought on by wear and tear and the autoimmune condition rheumatoid arthritis, but many different conditions can cause joint pain, including sprains, strains, bursitis, and gout. Joint pain can affect any of the structures in a joint, including cartilage, bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles.
Because joints connect your bones, support your weight, and help you move, joint pain can make getting around and participating in everyday activities much more difficult. Pain in the knee is especially common, though you can also experience joint pain in your shoulders, hips, and throughout your body. The likelihood you’ll experience joint pain increases as you get older.
What are the symptoms of joint pain?
Joint pain may be acute, lasting only a few weeks, but it can also be chronic, lasting for weeks or even months on end.
If you’re suffering from joint pain, you may also experience:
- Redness, tenderness, warmth, or swelling in the affected area
- Stiffness or difficulty moving the joint
- Weakness in the affected area
- Limping, if the joint pain is in your lower body
You shouldn’t have to live with joint pain. If it’s interfering with your everyday life, schedule an appointment with Dr. Chin at Excelsior Pain Management.
What treatments are available for joint pain?
You may try to manage joint pain with topical or oral over-the-counter pain relief medications. However, those aren’t always enough, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium may not be safe to take in the long term as they often cause complications like stomach ulcers.
Dr. Chin offers a range of treatments to provide relief from joint pain, including:
Dr. Chin injects a steroid medication into your affected joints, which is most effective if your joint pain results from arthritis, joint disease, or tendinitis.
A nerve block is an injectable numbing agent that Dr. Chin uses to “turn off” the path that allows pain signals to reach your affected joints.
With this treatment, radio waves deliver targeted heat to stop nerves from sending pain signals to your joints.
This procedure involves Dr. Chin implanting a device that uses mild electrical pulses to control pain signals from your spinal or peripheral nerves.
To learn more about how the treatments at Excelsior Pain Management can help relieve your joint pain, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.