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Why You Shouldn't Ignore Joint Pain

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Why You Shouldn't Ignore Joint Pain

As people get older, the joints may suffer from some wear and tear, causing slight discomfort, and you may be able to control the pin for a while without seeking medical attention. However, it may be time to seek medical attention if you're dealing with joint pain that doesn't go away or other accompanying symptoms.

Joint pain can be felt throughout the entire body, although some people may experience pain in local joints, such as the foot, ankle, knee, and shoulder. However, if left untreated, the joint can cause added problems throughout the body and often require surgery. The conditions that may have joint pain as a symptom are bone cancer, broken bones, complex regional pain syndrome, and so on.

When Should You Seek Help for Joint Pain?

Suppose you are experiencing aching bones and joints or mobility discomfort. In that case, seeking an orthopedic specialist specializing in treating conditions affecting the muscles, bones, joints, and connective tissues is essential. Joint pain can be addressed through various treatment options, but making an appointment with an orthopedic specialist is the first step toward finding relief.

The orthopedic surgeon you choose to meet with should address the following causes of joint pain:

  • Experiencing new joint discomfort that isn't going away on its own
  • Joint discomfort that has persisted for months or years is chronic
  • Difficulties walking, climbing stairs, or reaching over your head are examples of limited mobility
  • Having trouble shifting positions, such as standing up from a sitting position
  • Because of your joint discomfort or mobility problems, you use a cane, walker, or wheelchair
  • Extreme agony that can keep you awake at night
  • Taking over-the-counter drugs regularly to treat your joint pain
  • Alterations to the appearance of a joint, such as a straight leg that is starting to bow
  • Delaying joint care can lead to injuries and other problems

Additionally, joint pain that comes with a rash, fever, or mouth sore should not be taken lightly, for it can be a sign of an underlying infection. If you're dealing with these symptoms, your joints may be in trouble. The earlier you get treatment, the less likely you are to develop severe complications. Hence, maintaining an excellent, healthy joint is essential because neglecting it or feeling reluctant about it can increase pain and sometimes lead to a fall.

Early treatment of joint discomfort may postpone or eliminate the need for surgery. If you require surgery, performing it sooner often results in better results. Every person's circumstances differ, so we advise getting a proper evaluation with a clinician to understand your case better. Checking in with your orthopedic specialist can help you know and understand all the available options for your unique situation.

Together, you and your orthopedic specialist can:

  • Address your joint symptoms and concerns
  • Review or order imaging, such as an X-ray or an MRI
  • Discuss exercises or other lifestyle changes that can reduce pain and improve mobility
  • Discuss the role of pain medicine
  • Schedule a cortisone injection to help relieve pain and inflammation in a joint.
  • Pursue a referral to physical therapy
  • Discuss joint replacement surgery or another procedure
  • Discuss the risks and benefits of continuing care versus waiting for some time

There’s absolutely nothing fun about joint pain. Every time you move your body there is pain. Whether it’s a mild nuisance or excruciating, your mobility is affected. And not too long after, your quality of life is too. At Flagler Health +, we are prepared to treat your joint pain and help you recover from engaging in your favorite sports and activities.