Joints can be painful because of acute damage or slowly advancing discomfort from overuse and wear-and-tear. If you’ve got joint pain and are struggling to lead a normal life, the Health East Medical Alliance team can help. The practice has offices at Schuylerville in the Bronx, Morris Heights in the Bronx, Brooklyn Heights in Brooklyn, and Staten Island in New York, and Freehold, Englewood, and West New York in New Jersey. Their team offers physical therapy, steroid injections, radiofrequency ablation, and cutting-edge joint replacement surgery. Call the Health East Medical Alliance office nearest you today or book an appointment online.
Acute joint pain can be due to sports injuries or damage from a fall or auto accident. These injuries often tear the cartilage in your joints, particularly the meniscus in your knee and the labrum in your hip and shoulder.
Sprains and strains make up most cases of acute joint pain. These are injuries that stretch or tear the fibers in your tendons and ligaments. Sprained ankles are the most frequent example.
The primary cause of chronic joint pain is arthritis.
Arthritis comes in many forms. Some of the more common ones include:
Different kinds of arthritis affect different joints, and some of the symptoms can vary, but all forms of arthritis cause chronic or recurring joint pain. The reasons might differ. For instance, osteoarthritis results from years of wear on the joints, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder, and gout arises from a buildup of uric acid crystals in your joints.
The right treatment for your joint pain will depend on what kind of arthritis or injury you have and how badly it’s affecting you. In most cases, your provider at Health East Medical Alliance recommends physical therapy, rest, and medication to help the damaged tissues heal.
If you have persistent joint pain and non-invasive treatments aren’t helping, steroid injections into the joint can offer significant relief. These medicines effectively combat inflammation, and the relief can last for several months or longer.
You might need surgery for injuries that don’t respond to other treatments and those that won’t heal on their own. Examples include meniscal, labral, tendon, and ligament repairs or reconstruction.
The Health East Medical Alliance team employs several skilled orthopedic surgeons who excel in surgeries, including total and partial joint replacement. In these surgeries, your surgeon takes off the damaged sections of bone, replacing them with artificial parts. The pain relief is usually significant with a well-fitting, high-quality joint replacement.
To find out what’s causing your hip pain and get the treatment you need, call Health East Medical Alliance today or book an appointment online.