How Is Joint Pain Treated?
Treatment for joint pain in our NJ offices depends on three primary factors:
The amount of time the patient has experienced the pain will determine if it is short-term or chronic, while the associated symptoms and site will inform the specialist about the source of the pain. In most cases, the treatment options begin with physical therapy, medication and splinting, then progress to surgery if the pain persists.
Surgical shoulder, elbow and knee pain treatments in NJ range in invasiveness based on the extent and source of the pain. On one end of the scale is an endoscopic cleaning and repair of the joint, which often helps ease joint pain due to age or minor injuries.
More severe pain, however, may require joint replacements or fusions, which are on the other end of the surgical scale. In many cases, these measures will result in the elimination or reduction of joint pain, improving mobility and quality of life for the patient.
At the Spine Institute of North America, we offer several conservative to least invasive treatment options for joint pain. Our doctors routinely see patients that suffer from joint pain and will advise you are the best options that will ease or eliminate your painful joints. Our goal when seeing patients is to identify the cause of the pain and relieve it so that you can avoid surgery and return to an active lifestyle.
Non-Operative Treatment Options
- Heat and cold compress on the affected areas
- Pain Medication – anti-inflammatory medications, or short-term prescription strength narcotic painkillers.
- Physical Therapy – stretching and strengthening exercises or massaging the affected areas.
Viscosupplementation Of The Knee Joint
- OrthoVisc – Hyaluronan is similar to synovial fluid, a substance that occurs naturally in the joints. Like Synovial fluid acts as a lubricant and shock absorber, Orthovisc is injected into the knee joints for treatment of pain from osteoarthritis.
- Synvisc-One – is an injection that supplements the fluid in your knee to help lubricate and cushion the joint, and can provide up to six months of pain relief for osteoarthritis of the knee.
Interventional Treatment Options
- Genicular Nerve Block: An injection of a local anesthetic to block the nerves that transmits pain from the knee.
- DRG Stimulator: Each nerve in spinal cord communicates through the dorsal root ganglion in a way that allows sensory messages from a defined area of the body like the knee. Applying stimulation to the DRG can permit focused therapy to a specific focal area like the knee. LEARN MORE (connect to DRG page)
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