08 May Joint Pain Doesn’t Have to be Part of Getting Older
Many people accept joint pain as a part of getting older—but do you have to? At Integrated Pain Consultants, joint pain is one of the most common complaints, especially among patients who are older, athletes, or those who carry excess weight. These three conditions can certainly cause and exacerbate joint pain, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept it as part of the aging process. There are many conditions that can wear on the joints, but pain relief treatments that are conservative offer golden years free of excessive joint pain.
Joints Are Common Sources of Pain
The human body is a machine, and it can wear down. Joints are especially susceptible because they have such a big job and are often over-used. People have a tendency to take movement for granted. Highly mobile joints such as the shoulders, or abused joints such as those in the hand (used for typing and mobile devices) tend to wear out quicker than less-used joints such as the elbow. The more working parts a joint has, from tendons to ligaments, the more chances there are for an injury.
As we use, and often abuse, our joints throughout life, pain can show up. Pain is the body’s way of telling you something’s wrong or that you need to give it a rest. However, pain can also appear because of a mis-signal in the body. Joints can certainly become worn, but that doesn’t mean they’re not still largely functional. Inflammation is the body’s natural defense system and it forces you to lighten your dependency on a joint. However, the body can also be a bit overzealous and cause excessive inflammation that’s only causing you pain—not protecting the body.
Treatment for Joint Pain
Instead of reaching for a prescription or over the counter drug to treat joint pain, consider one of the many safer alternatives. Radiofrequency ablation can be an effective joint pain management tool, and uses radiofrequency signals to manage pain. Lower back pain is especially troublesome to many, but a spinal cord stimulation or joint injections can offer immediate and highly effective pain relief. There are platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, which uses your own plasma to encourage the body to heal itself. From amniotic stem cell treatment that uses your own amniotic fluid for healing to orthovisc/viscosupplementation, the right treatment for your joint pain is available.
Medication management, when prescribed conservatively, can also be part of your pain management journey. To get on the path to lessen the pain, get in touch with Integrated Pain Consultants today. We also invite you to learn more about Dr. Nikesh Seth and other providers including Dr. Anne-Marie Cosijns, Dr. Lisa Sparks, Dr. Michael Givens, and our team of Nurse Practitioners.