Joint pain can result in painful joints and achiness. While many conditions can contribute to joint pain, more than 54 million people -- one in four American adults -- have joint pain caused by arthritis. Vladimir Alhov, MD, and the team at Brooklyn Pain Doctors in the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, diagnoses and treats joint pain for patients of all ages. Use the online scheduling tool, or call the New York City practice to book an appointment.
Joint pain is discomfort and pain in the hands, feet, knees, hips, or spine. It may feel stiff, sore, throbbing, burn, or feel like the bones are grating against each other. The pain may come and go or can be constant.
Joint pain symptoms often feel worse in the morning after sleep but feel better as you move around and participate in your daily activities. Too much activity, however, can increase joint pain.
In addition to affecting the functioning of the joint, joint pain may limit your ability to complete basic tasks. Severe joint pain also affects your quality of life. When considering treatment options, the team at Brooklyn Pain Doctors focuses on both the level of pain you experience and how it affects your activities of daily living.
Chronic joint pain has a variety of potential causes, including:
Osteoarthritis is a common form of arthritis that occurs gradually when the cartilage between the bones wears away. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease that causes pain and swelling in the joints, often leading to deformity.
Most commonly experienced in the hip, knee, shoulder, or elbow, bursitis is an overuse injury.
Most often experienced in the big toe, gout is a painful joint condition where uric acid crystallizes and collects in the joint. Gout also causes swelling.
Joint pain may be a result of broken bones or sprains. You should always schedule an appointment with your doctor after an injury.
Tendons are flexible bands connecting your bone and muscle. Tendinitis is a condition where the tendons become inflamed, typically experienced in the shoulder, heel, or elbow, and caused by overuse.
Some viral illnesses may cause joint pain, including fever or rash.
You can often treat joint pain at home with a combination of:
Apply ice to the painful joints to relieve pain and swelling. Use ice several times per day for up to 15 minutes per session.
During the first day of joint pain, avoid activities that cause pain to help reduce inflammation. After the inflammation goes away or lessens, exercise helps restore strength around the joint.
After the first day or two of joint pain, apply heat to painful areas to reduce muscle spasms around the joint. Heat is particularly effective when applied after exercise.
Try low-impact aerobic exercises, such as walking or swimming. If you typically participate in strenuous sports activities or workouts, you may need to reduce your activity temporarily while the joint heals.
If you are overweight, losing weight can help reduce the strain on your joints. Weight loss is a long-term strategy for preventing recurring joint pain.
If your home treatment efforts don’t resolve joint pain, schedule an appointment with the team at Brooklyn Pain Doctors. After reviewing your symptoms and X-rays, the team may recommend physical therapy or supportive aids. Your doctor may also use steroid injections in the joint to provide short-term relief of swelling and pain or prescribe pain medication or antidepressants.
Call the practice or schedule an appointment online and get relief from your joint pain today.