Joint pain is a very common condition and affects about one-third of adults in the US. It can be moderate to severe, and can really affect your quality of life. If you’re having joint pain, the experienced team of doctors at Gardner Orthopedics in Fort Myers, Florida, will make sure you’re aware of all the options available to you to treat your condition, and get you feeling better fast. At Gardner Orthopedics, you’ll have access to highly trained and respected doctors who consider multiple treatment options that are effective and as minimally invasive as possible. Call or schedule an appointment online with experienced doctors who will provide the best care for you.
Joint pain can affect any part of the body, and as you age, it typically becomes more common. The pain occurs where the two ends of the bones meet together at the knee, hip, elbow, shoulder, and fingers. It’s typically a discomfort, pain, or inflammation that comes from injuries or irritation to bones, cartilage, muscles, ligaments, or tendons. An injury can also affect the ligaments, bones, and cartilage within the joint itself.
Pain can also be caused by joint inflammation, infection, and very rarely, it can be caused by cancer of the joint. Sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia and gonorrhea can also cause joint pain.
Joint pain can be caused by many different conditions:
Joint pain is often mild and only occurs after certain activities. It can also be very severe, making even the smallest movements very painful. Acute joint pain can last a few weeks and goes away without treatment. Chronic joint pain can last for months, years, and even a lifetime — without treatment, that is.
There are many treatment options available at Gardner Orthopedics for joint pain depending on the severity of the pain. Treatment options include:
For moderate to severe joint pain, over-the-counter pain relievers usually provide adequate relief. Sometimes muscle relaxers and even antidepressants can help when the pain is more severe. For people who don’t find relief with over-the-counter pain relievers, injections at Gardner Orthopedics are also an option, where a steroid medication is injected into the joint every 3-4 months. This treatment is effective but only provides temporary relief.
If other options aren’t fixing your joint problem, the providers at Gardner Orthopedics can conduct joint replacement surgery, wherein the malfunctioning joint is replaced with a prosthetic that mimics the shape and movement of your original joint.
Recovery from joint replacement surgery takes a few months, and you’ll need to follow the specific exercise and recovery regimen that the Gardner Orthopedic team gives you.
After you recover, your new joint will be free of pain and work like a dream!
You should go to Gardner Orthopedics for joint pain if you have any of the following symptoms:
You should see the doctors at Gardner Orthopedics immediately if you have:
If you’d like to discuss joint pain treatment options with qualified doctors, call or schedule an appointment online with Gardner Orthopedics.