Joint pain not only limits how well you can move; it can also affect your mood and your general overall well-being. While some joint pain is common, especially in athletes or in people over 35, more severe joint pain should be looked at by a specialist, particularly if it follows a car accident, workers comp accident, or sports injury. La Clínica’s injury specialists can help.
Providing Pain Treatment in Chicago and Surrounding Areas
It is fairly common for people to complain about back, head, or neck pain immediately after an accident or injury. But the pain in joints such as the elbow, hip, wrist, shoulder, ankle, and knee are just as common. They need just as much treatment in order to heal.
Our physical therapy and rehabilitation services help injuries to heal, with the goal of returning you to normal activity. Our musculoskeletal specialists will treat your case with the attention and respect you deserve, starting with an honest physical evaluation. This can include tests to look for an underlying disease or condition, as well as other injuries that might also be present.
We will then device in individualized course of treatment designed to get you back to feeling yourself again. This may include a mix of pain management consults, physical therapy, and if necessary and orthopedic surgeon’s consultation.
There are many things that can cause joint pain. Obviously, damage to the muscle, ligaments, or bone around a joint due to an accident or injury is a major cause of joint pain. But some diseases and disorders can cause joint pain over time, too.
The most common causes of joint pain that our pain management specialists see (and are verified by the Mayo Clinic) include:
- Muscle strain/muscle sprain
- Stress fracture or other breaks in the bone
- Bone cancer
- Lyme disease
- Psoriatic arthritis
Link to muscle strain/sprain page
In short, no—though there are common causes of joint pain, the treatment recommendation for any one person will be as unique as the individual. This is why we encourage members of our community to come and work with one of our pain management specialists. They have the training and experience to devise a course of therapy that will work best for you, and that will address the underlying cause of your joint pain.
Joint Pain Is a Nationwide Problem That Is All-Too-Common in the Chicago Area
Joint pain is an extremely common symptom in the United States. According to the U.S. National Health Interview Survey, roughly 46% of disabled adults cited severe joint pain as a leading cause; that number rises to 52% of adults who are unable to work because of their symptoms.
Chicago and its suburbs, like any other major metropolitan area, has its fair share of adults suffering from joint pain due either to accident, injury, or disease. The variable weather and stresses of city living can sometimes make joint pain worse.
For this reason, La Clínica looks to hire the best doctors and joint pain specialists in Chicago for managing joint pain (and its underlying causes).
Joint pain stats:
- About 30% of adults report some form of joint pain to their doctors.
- Knee pain is the most commonly reported joint pain, appearing in 40% of cases where someone reports joint pain.
- Studies are beginning to show that sports injuries earlier in life, particularly injury to the joints, can contribute to chronic pain and osteoarthritis later in life, especially if the athlete attempts to play while injured instead of getting proper treatment.