Joint pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal problems, affecting about one-third of adults at any given time. At Broward Specialty Group, with three convenient locations in Coconut Creek, Delray Beach, and Pompano Beach, Florida, the team offers diagnosis and treatments for joint pain to limit discomfort and improve mobility. To schedule an appointment, call the office nearest you or book a consultation online today.
Joint pain refers to inflammation, discomfort, aches, or soreness that affect your joints. A joint is an area where two bones join together. There are 360 joints in the human body, but some of the most prominent ones include the knees, elbows, wrists, and ankles.
The leading cause of joint pain is arthritis. There are several types of arthritis, but the two most common are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes your immune system to attack the lining of your joints (synovium). This causes your joints to become swollen, stiff, and generally irritated.
Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition that causes your cartilage to break down and wear away. Cartilage is a soft, cushion-like substance that pads your joints, allowing them to move smoothly. As osteoarthritis progresses, it causes your bones to rub up against one another. This results in pain, swelling, and in severe cases, immobility.
Other common causes of joint pain include:
You might also experience joint pain due to overuse or sports-related injury.
To diagnose joint pain, your Broward Specialty Group provider reviews your medical history, asks about your lifestyle and symptoms, and conducts a thorough physical exam.
During your exam, your provider has you stand up, sit down, and walk around the exam room to observe your gait and posture. You also perform stretches and easy exercises to test your strength and range-of-motion.
If your provider suspects your joint pain is due to rheumatoid arthritis or another chronic condition, they may order laboratory tests like a complete blood count (CBC) or urinalysis. They might also recommend an X-ray or MRI to look at your bones, joints, and soft tissue structures.
Treatment of joint pain depends on the severity of your symptoms and their effect on your quality of life. Usually, Broward Specialty Group recommends conservative therapies, like healthy lifestyle changes. Joint pain often responds to light exercise, a healthy diet, and weight loss.
If your symptoms persist or get worse, your provider might recommend:
In severe cases, orthopedic surgery may be necessary.
To explore your treatment options for joint pain, schedule an appointment at Broward Specialty Group. Call the office nearest you or book a consultation online today.