While occasional joint pain can occur after strenuous activity, chronic pain may be the first sign that something more serious is wrong. At Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers, the specialists offer onsite diagnostics, including X-rays and MRIs, at their West Rogers Park and Wicker Park, Chicago, offices. Based on the results of your test, the team creates custom treatment plans to keep you free of pain and able to stay active. Learn more about available treatment options for chronic joint pain by calling the office today or by booking an appointment at the office nearest you online now.
Chronic joint pain can be the result of direct injury or because of an underlying disease that affects the function of any joint in your body, especially the ankles, elbows, shoulders, knees, hands, and wrist. Some of the most common issues that affect joint health include:
You can develop joint pain gradually over time due to age-related degenerative changes in your joint or sudden pain if your joint is damaged during sports participation, a fall, or an auto accident.
You should schedule an evaluation for joint pain that worsens over time or lasts longer than two weeks, even with home care.
During an evaluation, your Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers specialist reviews your personal and family medical history to identify hereditary conditions, like arthritis. They also perform a physical exam, checking for areas of pain and swelling.
The offices of Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers have imaging technologies, like X-rays and MRI, to get a better look at the structures of your joint. These tests are important for determining the extent of joint inflammation and damage.
The orthopaedic specialists also provide on-site arthroscopic surgery procedures to evaluate joint health. This minimally invasive procedure involves the insertion of an arthroscope through a small incision over the joint.
The arthroscope contains a small camera that sends real-time images of your joint back to an external monitor, allowing your Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers provider the opportunity to assess the structure of your joint.
Initially, your Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers provider may recommend home care, including rest, over-the-counter medications, and ice therapy to keep you comfortable.
If that’s not enough to ease pain and increase mobility, you may benefit from injections of medications to reduce pain and inflammation.
The Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers team offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, which contain high concentrations of growth factors to promote the healthy regeneration of damaged tissue. PRP injections may help you avoid or prolong the need for joint replacement surgery.
When pain is chronic and you have limited mobility or a joint deformity, you may be a candidate for surgery to repair the damage or replace the joint.
The Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers’ medical team uses arthroscopic, computer-assisted, and open surgery techniques, and can recommend post-surgical rehabilitation to help you regain joint function.
If chronic joint pain limits your abilities, call Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Centers today or book an appointment at the office nearest you online now.