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Joint pain treatment options

What causes joint pain?

Joints form the connections between bones. They provide support and help you move freely.

 

Any damage to the joints from disease or injury can interfere with your movement and cause a lot of pain. Even short-term pain and swelling in the joints can affect your quality of life.

 

Joint pain is very common. In one national survey, about one-third of adults in the United States reported having joint pain (mainly knee, followed by shoulder and hip) within the past 30 days.

 

There are two types of joint pain ranging from mildly irritating to debilitating: acute (lasts a few weeks) and chronic (last for several weeks or months).

 

Many different conditions can lead to painful joints, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, gout, strains, sprains, and other injuries.

 

What causes joint pain?

 

Arthritis. One of the most common causes of joint pain, with two main forms: osteoarthritis (OA, most common in adults over age 40) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

 

Joint pain due to OA results from a breakdown of the cartilage that serves as a cushion and shock absorber for the joints.

 

According to the Arthritis Foundation, RA affects about 1.5 million Americans, mostly women.

 

RA can deform and debilitate the joints over time. RA causes pain, inflammation, and fluid buildup in the joints as the body’s immune system attacks the membrane that lines the joints.

 

Other causes of joint pain are:

 

  • Bursitis, or inflammation of the cushioning pads around joints

  • Lupus

  • Gout

  • Certain infectious diseases, such as mumps, influenza, and hepatitis

  • Chondromalacia of the patella, or a breakdown of the cartilage in the kneecap

  • Trauma from an injury

  • Tendinitis, or inflammation of the tendon

  • An infection of the bone or joint

  • Joint overuse

What are the treatment options for joint pain?

The treatment options are various and the one for you will depend on the type of scars.

 

Here are treatment options depending on the joint pain you have, and health providers in the Dominican Republic. 

Ankle surgery

Foot arthroscopy

Foot surgery

Hip arthroscopy

Knee arthroscopy

Shoulder arthroscopy

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