Joint Pain Treatment & Surgery at Rolling Hills Medical in Torrance, CA
Movement is such a natural thing for the human body that we tend to take our mobility for granted -- until we're suddenly denied that mobility. If the simple act of bending your elbow, putting weight on your knee or hip, or twisting your body causes you pain, you may find everyday activities all but impossible. Fortunately, you can find the help you need here at Rolling Hills Medical in Torrance CA. We offer an extensive range of joint pain treatment options to help you regain your mobility, stability, and comfort.
The Many Causes of Joint Pain
Joint pain can stem from many different causes, partly because the joints themselves are complex structures involving lots of working parts. A typical joint may include, not just the bone ends, but also ligaments, tendons, muscles, cartilage (to cushion the bone ends from each other), bursa (fluid-filled sacs that reduce friction), and a lubricating fluid called synovial fluid. Any or all of these parts can sustain damage due to acute injuries, constant/recurring stresses, or degenerative conditions. Your joint pain may be the result of:
- Osteoarthritis - This common source of joint pain usually occurs due to age-related degeneration of the cartilage within the joints. But excessive joint stress can accelerate its development.
- Rheumatoid arthritis - Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune issue in which the body attacks its own joint structures, causing bouts of pain and swelling.
- Gout - Gout is actually considered a form of arthritis. Accumulation of uric acid causes intense joint pain, most commonly attacking the toes.
- Facet joint syndrome - When degenerative disc disease causes your spinal discs to lose some of their height, the collapse in the spinal column puts extra stress on the facet joints that connect your vertebrae to each other. This stress can cause joint inflammation and lead to spinal osteoarthritis.
- Bursitis - Overuse of a joint can cause the bursa to become inflamed. This produces pain and stiffness in the joint.
- Sprains and strains - When a joint ligament is stretched or torn, the resulting painful injury is called a sprain. When similar damage occurs in a joint tendon or muscle, the injury is called a strain.
- Sports injuries - Sports activities place extreme demands on the joints. Examples of common sports-related joint problems include rotator cuff strain, shoulder bursitis, runner's knee, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, and carpal tunnel syndrome (from gripping a racket or club).
- Nerve damage - A pinched or damaged spinal nerve can refer pain signals to a joint.
Conservative Care From Your Torrance Joint Pain Doctor
Whether your joint pain is acute or chronic in nature, rest assured that many causes of joint pain can be addressed non-invasively. Your Torrance joint pain doctor at our clinic will use X-rays and other imaging techniques to get a detailed view of the joint's interior, looking for any visible signs of soft tissue damage, joint misalignment, or bone and cartilage degeneration. We also note any exterior signs of trouble such as redness or swelling. An evaluation for your symptoms and your pain-free range of motion can help us determine the severity of your condition.
Once we understand what's happening in that painful joint, we can develop a comprehensive joint pain treatment plan, starting with non-surgical pain management techniques such as:
- Physical therapy - Physical therapy exercises can help injured joint tissues rebuild themselves and regain their former flexibility. Exercises can also be extremely helpful for keeping arthritis symptoms at bay.
- Steroid injections - We can inject a combination of steroids and anesthetic into a joint suffering from severe chronic pain. These injections can be delivered to facet joints as well as extremity joints.
- Radiofrequency ablation (rhizotomy) - This technique applies electrical current to deaden pain from a pinched or damaged nerve for months at a time. It is often used in conjunction with facet joint injections.
The Last Resort: Joint Pain Surgery
Joint pain surgery remains a valid option if conservative techniques aren't effective. In many cases, minimally-invasive arthroscopic surgery can resolve a joint problem. On the other end of the scale, we can perform a full joint replacement surgery to relieve severe degenerative joint pain and restore your mobility.
Schedule an Appointment at Rolling Hills Medical
Joint pain can make you feel imprisoned by your physical limitations -- but Rolling Hills Medical can free you from that nagging discomfort. Call our Torrance CA clinic today at (424) 267-2491 to schedule an examination and get started on a joint pain treatment plan.
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