The joints are responsible for making your entire skeletal unit work cohesively. They connect one bone to the other, facilitating all the functions and movements in your body. You have essential joints in all parts of the body, including the hips, shoulders, arms, knees, ankles, feet, and more. The overuse of joints in specific body parts because of regular sports or workouts can lead to joint injuries or damage, leading to joint pain.
Symptoms of Joint Pain:
- The regions around the joints are swollen
- Loss of mobility in the areas around the joints
- Inflexibility and limited range of motion
- Persistent pain around the joints for 3+ days
- Sudden joint pain when you move the area
- Warmth on the affected regions
- Tenderness around the affected regions
- Fractures and injuries of the tendons and ligaments
- Nerve impingement caused by degenerating joints
- Instability of the body parts associated with the joints
You have joints in every part of the body, and they can all get damaged, injured, or worn down. The specific symptoms of joint pain depend on the location of the damaged joints. However, if you experience several of the aforementioned symptoms, you should definitely consult reliable orthopedic specialists for a diagnosis and treatment.
Possible Causes of Joint Pain:
- Osteoarthritis: This is the most common cause of joint pain. This is a condition wherein the soft cartilage between the bones disintegrates, so your bones start grinding against each other during movements, leading to joint inflammation.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis: This is another common form of arthritis, wherein your immune system starts attacking the joints in your body, leading to joint inflammation, swelling, and stiffness. If left untreated, it can lead to severe joint complications.
- Repeated Trauma: Joint pain is common amongst athletes and individuals performing heavy labor. That’s because the overuse of joints can lead to increased wear and tear, thereby increasing the risk of joint inflammation and damage.
- Illnesses: Joint inflammation can also happen because of underlying medical conditions, such as lupus, gout, hepatitis, influenza, mumps, and other illnesses that cause internal swelling.
- Injuries: You may experience secondary joint inflammation and pain because of injuries or damages to the ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. If these components are damaged or worn down, your joints will also eventually suffer the consequences.
- Stiff Capsules: The joint capsules seal the joints in place to ensure optimal stability and safety. They essentially protect your joints from overuse and injuries. Over time, the capsules can become weak and stiff, leading to a loss of joint mobility.
Treatments for Your Joint Pain
Movement Orthopaedic Institute specializes in non-surgical and surgical treatments for joint pain. But we always start our personalized treatment plans with conservative solutions, including orthobiologics — PRP therapy and stem cell therapy. Our physicians examine your joints and perform numerous imaging tests to determine the root cause of your damaged or injured joints.
After assessing the root cause of your joint pain, our orthopedic specialists start with conservative treatments, such as physical therapy, PRP therapy, and stem cell therapy. Orthobiologics refers to a group of treatments wherein components derived from your body are used to facilitate natural healing and regeneration — no surgeries or foreign objects. If conservative solutions fail, we may recommend open surgery to restore your joint health.
Schedule an Appointment
Movement Orthopaedic Institute is a state-of-the-art medical center dedicated to sports medicine and orthopedic surgeries. Our physicians always diagnose and treat the root cause of joint pains rather than providing superficial relief from pain. They use innovative, non-surgical solutions that encourage natural healing and regenerating and only resort to surgeries if all conservative solutions fail. If your joints are hurting, please schedule an appointment to explore your joint treatment options in the Houston area.