Serving Midland, Odessa, & Permian Basin
Many people delay seeking treatment for joint pain for fear they will be told they need joint replacement surgery. If you suffer from persistent joint pain, you have treatment options. The providers at Urgent Orthopedic Specialists are dedicated to reducing your pain and restoring mobility to your joints. We will evaluate your specific case and discuss your options for treatment. If surgery is recommended, our joint replacement specialist will work with you to ensure the best possible outcome.
- Sprains and strains
- Fractures and other injuries
- Conditions like gout and bursitis
- Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
- Post-traumatic arthritis (arthritis that develops following a joint injury)
Joint pain is very common and becomes an even more common occurrence as we age. If joint pain is slowing you down, schedule an appointment with an orthopedic specialist to find out what is causing your pain and discuss your treatment options.
Arthritis is a condition that causes pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It develops as the cartilage protecting the bones of a joint wears down over time. Over the years, as stress is put on the joints, cartilage wears thin and sometimes even erodes completely, resulting in stiffness and pain. It occurs more frequently in older individuals; however, it sometimes develops in athletes from overuse of a joint or after an injury. It commonly affects the fingers, knees, lower back and hips and is often treated with medication, injections, and certain forms of exercise and physical therapy. In severe cases, joint replacement surgery may be suggested. Osteoarthritis tends to get worse over time.
- Loss of flexibility
- Grating sensation or clicking sounds when joints are used
- MRI scan
- Blood tests to screen for other diseases
- Analysis of fluid that lubricates the joint
Joint pain is commonly treated with a combination of methods.
- Anti-Inflammatory Medications
- Corticosteroid injections
- PRP Injections
- Stem Cell Injections
- Physical therapy
Treatment for joint pain may vary, but the main goal is to reduce inflammation and pain. Most patients may try several different treatment options before finding a method that works best for their individual condition. Steroid injections are an advanced treatment option for patients with arthritis and other sources of joint pain, that have not responded well to other treatments such as exercise and oral medications. These injections deliver relief directly to the source of the pain and are considered safe for nearly all patients.
Most steroid injections provide immediate anti-inflammatory relief by being injected directly into the affected joint. These injections are an effective method of treatment to reduce the swelling of tendons and ease pressure on the nerve. A steroid medication such as cortisone, is injected directly into the inflamed area and works by minimizing the body’s reaction to inflammation. As the inflammation decreases, the pressure is relieved, therefore causing pain and discomfort to subside. As a result, patients experience a decrease in symptoms such as pain, swelling, numbness or stiffness. Symptoms may subside within a few days and the results of the injection may last for a few weeks or up to a few months.