Joint pain is very common and can have many different causes. Treatment options can vary greatly depending on severity of symptoms and the underlying cause of your pain. Noninvasive therapies, such as lifestyle changes, physical therapy, and medication, may work effectively for some, but for those with chronic conditions, nerve blocks, spinal cord stimulation, and surgery may be better options for pain relief.
If you suffer from joint pain, it is important to get an accurate diagnosis before attempting self-treatment, and getting an early diagnosis can prevent more serious complications from occurring later on and help you manage your condition more effectively.
Regular exercise, weight management, and a nutritious diet play an important role in managing joint pain. Carrying excess weight can put added pressure on joints making symptoms worse. Depending on the underlying cause of the pain, certain conditions, such as fibromyalgia and generalized pain, may also benefit from therapies such as counseling, as experts believe chronic pain may have an emotional impact, such as stress, anxiety, or depression. Yoga and meditation can help in treating chronic pain by helping to develop an effective pain management strategy and a sense of wellbeing.
Physical therapy can be very beneficial in treating joint pain. It can help to reduce pain, strengthen muscles around the joint, and improve function, mobility, and range of motion within the joint. It can also reduce the need for medication and surgery.
Medication for Pain Treatment
Both non-prescription and prescription medication can play a significant role in the treatment of chronic pain. Many types of pain can be managed successfully with the use of medications, such as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), topical anesthetic creams and patches, opioids, and corticosteroids, which can be particularly effective in treating inflammatory conditions like arthritis.
Pain Relief Injections
There are many different therapeutic injections available that can be an effective way to reduce pain in joints. Corticosteroid injections, nerve blocks, trigger point injections, and epidural injections can effectively and instantly help to temporarily reduce inflammation and relieve pain within joints.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a treatment that uses the advantage of the body’s natural healing properties to repair parts of the body, such as cartilage, ligaments, muscles, tendons, and bone. It works by extracting and isolating plasma from a blood sample and reinjecting a concentrated dose into the damaged joint. PRP Injections can be used to treat conditions affecting joints, such as osteoarthritis, and can be an effective form of treatment if other treatments fail to work.
Acupuncture involves stimulating specific points on the body with extremely fine, sterile needles to promote the body’s natural healing process. It can be an effective treatment for joint pain, especially in the knee, caused by arthritis or bursitis.
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Spinal cord stimulation offers effective pain relief for patients suffering from chronic pain that has not responded to other less-invasive interventions, such as medication, physical therapy, or injections. The implantable spinal cord stimulator is a small battery powered device, similar to a pacemaker, which is inserted under the skin in a minor surgical procedure. It allows patients to alleviate their pain symptoms via electrodes implanted to stimulate the nerves above the epidural space in the spinal cord.
Advanced Treatments for Joint Pain
Severe or chronic joint pain that does not respond to other treatments and significantly impacts your life or activity level may be treated with more advanced methods such as an intrathecal pump implant and radiofrequency thermocoagulation. An intrathecal pump implant can help relieve chronic pain by delivering small amounts of medicine directly to the area around the spinal cord (the intrathecal space) to prevent pain signals from being recognized by the brain. Radiofrequency thermocoagulation, which involves heating a small area of nerve tissue with radiofrequency current, is designed to treat issues such as arthritis-related back pain by interrupting pain signals.
Joint Pain Relief in Austin, Cedar Park, and Marble Falls, Texas
If you are suffering from joint pain, the experts at Balcones Pain Consultants have a broad range of traditional, nontraditional, and new pain therapies and treatments available. We offer a compassionate and custom-designed approach to treatment. We often use a combination of therapies and treatments for the best results.
For more information about the services and treatments we offer, or to make an appointment, call us at (512) 834-4141 or use our convenient online appointment request form. We have three convenient locations to serve you, and free parking is available at all our offices.