Our joints are built to withstand a lot of pressure and use through the years. However, if you are an athlete or if you are advancing in years, your joints are likely to experience arthritis caused by the wearing-down of the protective cartilage in the joints. You can also experience osteoarthritis (wear-and-tear arthritis) if you are overweight, because your joints have had to endure a lot of unnatural pressure – particularly in the hips, knees, and feet.
Fortunately, there are many available treatments to relieve and manage joint pain and discomfort. Let’s talk about some of the most popular methods used by orthopedists for their patients, and who you can talk to about which method is best for you.
How Can My Joint Pain Be Treated?
Your orthopedic doctor will first recommend noninvasive and minimally invasive treatments before invasive surgical treatment. Some of the methods that are used most often in orthopedics include the following:
Hot or Cold Compress
When at home, putting a hot or cold compress on the affected area can provide immediate relief to your joint pain. Cold therapy is the best treatment for treating inflamed or swollen areas, and heat therapy is best for soothing painful or stiff areas.
If you have joint pain, it’s best to stay loose by doing low-impact or no-impact exercises, such as swimming, walking, and cycling. Always be sure to warm up first and do gentle stretching exercises before you engage in any type of exercise in order to increase blood flow to your muscles. Consult with your doctor before trying any exercise program.
Certain topical treatments work to relieve joint pain and muscle aches. Be careful not to use too much or apply it too often, because it is possible to overdose even on topical medication. Your doctor can explain which topical therapy would work best for your joint pain.
Most patients’ joint pain can be temporarily relieved by taking over-the-counter (nonprescription) non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Some examples are acetaminophen and ibuprofen. Higher doses require a doctor’s prescription, because these medications can cause stomach ulcers and kidney or liver disease if too much is taken – or if the patient’s body cannot fully metabolize the medicine.
Corticosteroid injections can be provided by your orthopedic doctor for long-lasting and nonsurgical treatment of joint pain. The steroid will be directly injected into the affected joint to alleviate pain and swelling.
Joint Replacement Surgery
If other treatments do not work to relieve your chronic joint pain, a joint replacement can be performed by your orthopedic surgeon. In this operation, the doctor will replace the painful joint with prosthetic parts that work just like the original joint. Patients who have had this procedure report positive results and long-lasting pain relief.
Experienced Orthopedic Doctor in Macomb County
Joint pain can impact every aspect of your life if it becomes unbearable and chronic. If this describes you, visit a skilled orthopedic physician who can quickly diagnose your condition and prescribe treatment to relieve your pain.
Located in Clinton Township, Michigan, Movement Orthopedics is ready to help you with your joint problems and sports injuries. Dr. Jeffrey Carroll and his team will get you on your way to a pain-free lifestyle once again.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Carroll, you may reach us at (586) 436-3785. You may also fill out our online form to request an appointment. We look forward to being your healthcare partner for a lifetime of health and wellness!