Regardless of its cause, joint pain can severely disrupt your life. At Signe Spine & Rehab, LLC serving the Charleston community in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, board-certified physiatrist Daniel Nemeth, MD, and the team diagnose the condition causing your joint pain and offer personalized treatment plans to relieve your pain and help you get back to your regular activities. Call Signe Spine & Rehab, LLC today, to schedule a consultation.
Your joints are subject to a lot of stress due to their jobs of facilitating movement and providing stability to your body. As a result, your joints are vulnerable to degenerative conditions and injuries.
Some of the most prevalent causes of joint pain include:
Your risk of joint pain increases with age and if you’re overweight. Lifestyle factors, including your career and how much physical activity you get, can also raise your risk of joint pain.
Joint pain is extremely common — almost everyone has sore or tender joints at some point. Pain from minor injuries, such as inflammation from overdoing it at the gym, usually subsides with a few days of rest and at-home care like heat, ice, and over-the-counter medication.
If your pain persists or gets worse instead of better, it could be a sign of a more serious problem, and you should make an appointment with Dr. Nemeth. Other signs that you need medical attention for joint pain include acute injuries, obvious deformities, and such severe pain that you can’t walk or move.
Dr. Nemeth completes a thorough physical exam to identify the cause of your joint pain. He might order lab tests, X-rays, MRIs, or electromyography to assess your condition and evaluate your pain.
After diagnosing the cause of your joint pain, Dr. Nemeth creates a customized treatment program to alleviate your pain and restore your joint health. Depending on your condition, he might include:
You might also benefit from physical therapy, weight loss, and lifestyle adjustments to lower the risk of joint problems.
Joint injections relieve pain in several ways. For example, Dr. Nemeth might suggest a steroid injection, which delivers a local anesthetic and a corticosteroid directly into your joint.
The local anesthetic provides almost immediate pain relief, and by the time it wears off, the anti-inflammatory effects of the corticosteroid have time to take effect for longer-lasting relief.
Dr. Nemeth also offers viscosupplementation injections for arthritic knees. These injections lubricate your joints, reducing the friction, inflammation, and pain caused by osteoarthritis.
If you have joint pain that interferes with your life, call Signe Spine & Rehab, LLC for personalized treatment plans to relieve your pain and restore your quality of life.