Joint pain is one of those experiences that very few people escape altogether. Whether you have an acute injury or a chronic problem like arthritis, double board-certified physiatrist Dr. Javier Placer, MD, and his team at Specialized Rehabilitation Physicians Group in Clermont and Orlando, Florida, can help you recover. To find out more about the advanced treatments available for joint pain, call Specialized Rehabilitation Physicians Group today or book an appointment online.

Joint Pain Q & A

What is joint pain?

Joint pain can develop for many reasons, as joints are particularly hardworking parts of your body. They come under a great deal of stress and strain every day and are in almost continual use in some cases.

You have large joints like shoulders, hips, and knees, smaller joints like wrists, ankles, and elbows, and some very small joints in your hands and feet. All these joints are made up of at least two bones plus cartilage that protects the ends of the bones, ligaments joining the bones together and keeping them stable, and tendons attaching muscles to bones.

There are also the muscles themselves and all the nerve endings in the joint. Any of these structures can suffer from wear-and-tear over the years or suffer an acute injury that causes joint pain.

Acute joint pain is instant and often severe but usually goes away within a few days or weeks. Chronic joint pain lasts more than three months and often develops more slowly.

What conditions cause joint pain?

Common causes of joint pain that Dr. Javier Placer, MD, sees regularly include:

  • Sprained ligaments
  • Strained tendons
  • Dislocations
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout
  • Bursitis

The first step in receiving the right treatment for your joint pain is to get an accurate diagnosis. Dr. Javier Placer, MD, and his team are expert diagnosticians who have access to state-of-the-art technologies to help find the precise cause of your joint pain.

How is joint pain treated?

Rest is essential to help the joint start to heal and avoid making the pain worse. You might need to wear a splint or brace to support the joint while it heals and keep the pressure off it.

Physical therapy is vital to successful recovery from joint pain. Immobilizing a joint for too long leads to stiffness and can cause the muscles and connective tissues to weaken.

You might also benefit from additional treatments depending on the cause of your joint pain and its severity. Dr. Javier Placer, MD, uses a range of different therapies to treat joint pain, including:

  • Pain medication
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Trigger point injections
  • Steroid injections
  • Prolotherapy
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Nerve blocks

Each patient receives a personalized treatment program from Dr. Javier Placer, MD. Your plan utilizes all the appropriate therapies available, tailored to your exact needs, to help you recover from your joint pain.

If joint pain is causing you problems, get expert help from Dr. Javier Placer, MD, and his team. Call Specialized Rehabilitation Physicians Group today or book an appointment online.