Sudden joint pain is usually caused by an injury like a sprained ankle, but chronic joint pain is most often caused by some form of arthritis. If you’re finding your joint pain is getting worse, contact the board-certified specialists from Cleaver Medical Group Interventional Pain. At their offices in Dahlonega, Dawsonville, and Cumming, Georgia, they diagnose and treat all forms of arthritis and other causes of joint pain. Call Cleaver Medical Group Interventional Pain today or book an appointment online to benefit from their cutting-edge joint pain treatment.
Joint pain results from damage to the cartilage, bones, nerves, or connective tissues that make up the joint. Joints form where the ends of your bones meet. Covering the bones is articular cartilage, a smooth, slippery protective coating.
Some joints have additional cartilage: the knee has menisci — C-shaped wedges of cartilage that cushion the joint. Shoulders and hips have a ring of cartilage (the labrum) securing the ball-shaped bone into its socket. Ligaments connect the bones, and tendons attach your muscles to the bones. Nerves weave their way through every part of the joint’s structure.
Damage to joints can happen suddenly, causing acute pain. Sports injuries, auto accidents, and falls are common causes of acute joint pain. You might fracture or dislocate the joint and tear the soft tissues. Overuse injuries like bursitis and tendinitis cause a gradual deterioration of the tissues.
One of the leading causes of chronic (long-term) joint pain is arthritis.
The many kinds of arthritis affect joints in different ways. But they all cause aches, pain, stiffness, and weakness. The most widespread forms of arthritis are:
Osteoarthritis mainly affects older people, from middle age onward. After decades of use, the articular cartilage thins and wears away. The bones underneath the cartilage have no protection, so they catch and rub, creating inflammation.
These forms of arthritis are autoimmune disorders. That means a flaw in your immune system causes it to attack healthy cells and tissues in your body. With rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis, the immune system destroys cells in the joint linings. Psoriatic arthritis also affects the skin.
Gout tends to affect the big toes but can be a problem in other joints. It causes attacks of severe acute pain when crystals formed from excess uric acid in your blood build up in the joint.
Joint pain treatment usually involves rest and physical therapy. Your doctor might recommend a brace, splint, or sling to protect the joint and limit its use. Anti-inflammatory medication, icing, and heat treatments can help reduce pain and swelling.
If these treatments don’t help, the Cleaver Medical Group Interventional Pain team offers advanced alternatives, including:
The Cleaver Medical Group Interventional Pain team injects shoulders, hips, knees, and other painful joints.
Call your nearest Cleaver Medical Group Interventional Pain office today or book an appointment online to find a joint pain treatment that works.