Arthritis Treatment Denver
Injury, disease, or a condition of the join or its adjacent tissues can result in what is commonly referred to as “joint pain.” To provide motion to a body part, joints are composed of two or more bones meeting. The area of connection is cushioned by cartilage, and protection around the joint is provided by ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Muscle is attached to the bone by tendons, which glide on fluid filled sacs called bursae.
Joint pain can be quite painful and increase in its severity during, or after any movements of joints in the body. Motion can be restricted and mobility limited, affecting a patients quality of life.
Common causes of joint pain
Arthralgia, or joint pain, can result from any injury or disease of the joint or in its surrounding structures (ligaments, cartilage, tendons, or bursae).
When the immune system is compromised by the body, as it mistakenly attacks healthy tissue, autoimmune diseases occur. Two inflammatory diseases that attack the joints leading to joint pain are Lupus and Rheumatoid arthritis.
Arthritis is the most common cause of chronic joint pain as many types cause progressive pain and swelling, with the most common form being osteoarthrtis (Neurogenic mechanisms of chronic joint pain, 2013). Osteoarthritis is essentially wear and tear arthritis.
- Rheumatic fever
- Epstein Barr
Overuse and injury
Broken bones, dislocations and muscle sprains. In young people, a degenerative disorder of the cartilage located under the kneecap (chondromalacia patellae) is a common condition resulting in joint pain. Excessive force, overuse or trauma may cause this to occur.
What are the treatments for joint pain?
Common methods of treatment include:
Medication to help control symptoms
- OTC Acetaminophen
- Analgesics (NSAIDs)
- Muscle relaxants
- Short term opiates during exacerbations
Medical interventional therapies
- Joint injections for pain (Cortisone, hyaluronic acid)
- PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma
- Stem Cell injections
If there is disease in the bone or surrounding joint structures, surgical intervention may be recommended by your doctor. As joint pain can be a symptom of a progressive condition, consulting with your doctor in the early stages can help restore function and mobility, and be the basis for early prevention of long term pain.
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