Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute
Orthopedic Surgeons located in Tuscaloosa, AL
The many joints in your body allow you to throw a baseball, run a marathon, and lift your child. But that function and mobility can come at a price. Joint pain is a common complaint that can develop from a range of conditions. Bryan King, MD, is a fellowship-trained joint care specialist and provides joint pain management at Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute in Northport, Alabama. For a joint pain consultation, call the office or request an appointment online.
Joint Pain Q & A
What is joint pain?
Joint pain refers to the pain you experience in your joints. The pain can be mild or severe and it can be acute (coming on suddenly) or chronic (ongoing).
Joints are the points in your body where your bones meet and play a vital role in your body’s mobility and flexibility. Your joints are made up of many different types of tissue, including bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. The pain you feel in your joints can develop from any disease, damage, or injury of any of the parts that make up your joints.
When it comes to pain, any joint in your body can be affected, including your feet, ankles, knees, hips, elbows, wrists, and shoulders.
What are the common causes of joint pain?
Many conditions cause joint pain. Most joint pain develops from some form of arthritis, a general medical term that means pain and inflammation of a joint.
Osteoarthritis is the most common kind of arthritis and develops when the cartilage that separates and cushions your bones at the meeting points wears away, resulting in bone-on-bone contact and pain.
Other common causes of joint pain include:
- Sprains and strains
- Ligament or tendon tears
Certain kinds of cancer and infections can also cause joint pain.
How is joint pain treated?
Treatment of your joint pain depends on what caused it. The team at Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute specializes in joint diseases and can provide the most effective and targeted care to help you get relief from your pain.
Some treatment options include:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Physical therapy
- Changes in activity
- Joint injections
If joint surgery is needed, the team at Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute uses the most advanced tools and techniques to provide you with the best possible care, including minimally invasive options for a shorter recovery. Your surgical plan is tailored to meet your specific needs and goals so you get the best results.
The team at Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute also specializes in joint replacement surgery and can replace diseased and damaged hip, shoulder, and knee joints. In fact, Dr. King is well known for his hip replacement surgeries.
For the management of your joint pain, call Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute or book online today.