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Joint Pain

Joint Pain

Joint Pain Services located in Atlanta, GA

Up to 70% of Americans 65 and older suffer from joint pain. At Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, pain management specialists Kevin McCowan, MD, and Carisa Hines, MD, take a conservative and minimally invasive approach to joint pain management. After an exam and diagnostic imaging, your provider makes personalized treatment recommendations. Call Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute today to schedule treatment for joint pain, or book your appointment online.

Joint Pain Q & A

What is joint pain?

Joint pain is a soreness, aching, or discomfort in one or more joints — the points at which two or more bones meet.

Pain can affect any of your joints, but it’s most common in those that experience daily wear-and-tear the shoulders, hips, and knees.

Most joint pain improves with rest, ice, and activity changes. But if your symptoms worsen, seek treatment at Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute immediately.

What causes joint pain?

Joint pain occurs for various reasons, including:

  • Osteoarthritis (a type of arthritis that causes cartilage breakdown)
  • Gout (a type of arthritis where uric acid crystals collect in the joints)
  • Bursitis
  • Viral infections
  • Injuries (for example, broken bones or muscle strains)
  • Tendinitis

Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute treats most types of joint pain, except for pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis (RA). If your provider confirms you have RA, they refer you to a rheumatologist (an autoimmune disease specialist).

When should I see a specialist for joint pain?

Make an appointment at Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute if you have joint pain that lasts several days and doesn’t improve with rest, ice, or activity changes. That’s particularly true if you experience other symptoms alongside the pain, including redness, swelling, or warmth.

How does a pain specialist diagnose joint pain?

Your Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute provider reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including where the pain occurs, what it feels like, and if it’s worse during specific activities or times.

Next, your provider examines your joint, looking for redness, swelling, or bruising. They gently press on your joint and the surrounding skin to identify sensitive areas. They’ll order diagnostic imaging, like X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI, to check for fractures, a dislocated joint, or tissue damage.

How is joint pain treated?

Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute treats joint pain with conservative and minimally invasive therapies. Your provider could recommend:

  • Prescription pain medication
  • Physical or occupational therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation
  • Supportive devices like a cane or a walker
  • Topical treatments
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Medication management (if you take more than one prescription drug)
  • Weight loss
  • Exercise
  • At-home activities, like ice and rest

Depending on the cause of your joint pain, it could take several treatments to provide lasting relief. If your symptoms worsen, your provider refers you to an orthopedic specialist.

Call Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute today to schedule treatment for joint pain, or book your appointment online.