An injury can cause acute joint pain, while diseases like arthritis cause chronic, worsening discomfort that persists for years. Whatever kind of joint pain affects you, visit the Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center team in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their pain management experts offer a comprehensive selection of advanced therapies for joint pain, including joint injections and radiofrequency ablation. Find an effective solution to your joint pain by calling Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center or completing the online booking form today.
Joints are where the ends of bones (or set of bones) meet, forming a hinge or a ball and socket arrangement that enables you to bend different parts of your body. Tough connective tissues (tendons and ligaments) hold the bones together and attach your muscles to your bones.
Joints also contain cartilage. Articular cartilage is a smooth, slippery coating that stops the ends of bones from rubbing against each other. Cartilage wedges like the meniscus in your knee provide stability and cushioning. Labral cartilage lines the socket part of your hip and shoulder joints, keeping the ball part in place.
Joints also have bursae, sacs of fluid that cushion the bones, tissues, and nerves. Some joints, like those in your spine (facet joints) and pelvis (sacroiliac joints), have a far more limited range of movement than the joints in your limbs but can still cause pain and disability.
Damage to any of these components could lead to joint pain.
Joint pain may be acute or chronic. Acute joint pain occurs suddenly when you injure the joint. These injuries can stretch or tear the tendons and ligaments, rupture the cartilage, and damage the muscles and bones. Sports injuries, falls, over-exertion, and auto accidents are common causes of acute joint pain.
Overuse, where you repeat the same movement many times over long periods, can cause repetitive strain injuries. Bursitis (inflamed bursae) and tendinitis (inflamed tendons) are the most frequent examples of overuse injuries.
Age-related deterioration in the joints can also cause chronic pain. Osteoarthritis is by far the most likely cause of chronic joint pain, especially in later life. It develops when the articular cartilage protecting the ends of your bones wears down after decades of use.
You could also develop other forms of arthritis, such as the autoimmune disorders rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.
Your personalized treatment plan for joint pain could include:
Before recommending a specific treatment for your joint pain, the Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center team performs a comprehensive physical exam, symptom and medical history review, and diagnostic testing.
If joint pain affects your mobility and enjoyment of life, call Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center or use the online booking form today to schedule a consultation.