Joint pain is one of the most common ailments among American adults, with one-third experiencing it within the last 30 days. At Premier Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Dr. Thomas Baylis is a board-certified physician who specializes in joint pain and replacements. He combines traditional treatments with cutting-edge technologies to bring you the best care possible. Dr. Baylis is a leader in joint replacement care in the Hattiesburg, Mississippi, area and is a pioneer in the field. If you’re suffering from joint pain and haven’t found a solution, contact the renowned professional. Call to schedule with Dr. Baylis or book your consultation online.
A variety of things can lead to joint pain, but the most common culprit is arthritis. Multiple types of arthritis can lead to joint pain, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, and lupus.
Beyond these debilitating conditions, other causes of joint pain include:
When you have pain in your joints, it can range from mild to debilitating. It may come and go, flare up with certain activities, or be constantly present. The pain can be sharp, dull, throbbing, or burning.
Other than this discomfort, other symptoms can accompany joint pain, including:
Dr. Baylis recommends a joint pain treatment specific to the condition that’s causing your pain. If your pain is caused by inflammation in the joint, such as with arthritis, he may suggest using over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, to reduce inflammation and manage discomfort. Pair these with heat and ice treatments to maximize the benefit.
In some cases, he prescribes other medications to protect your joints by slowing the progression of arthritis. He may also suggest using a topical capsaicin cream on painful joints. Corticosteroid injections can reduce pain and inflammation.
In some cases, physical therapy builds muscle strength and increases mobility, reducing your joint pain. Low impact exercise, including biking and swimming, can improve joint inflammation.
If these methods don’t reduce your joint pain, Dr. Baylis may recommend joint replacement surgery.
Dr. Baylis recommends joint replacement surgery for anyone who has severe joint pain and joint stiffness that doesn’t respond to less invasive treatments. Because joint replacement surgery does have its risks, these procedures are typically only suggested when the pain and mobility issues keep you from doing the activities you enjoy.
To learn more about treatment options for joint pain or the types of joint replacement surgeries that are available, contact Premier Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine today. Call the office or book your appointment online now.