Joint pain can interfere with mobility and overall quality of life, causing aches and pain throughout the body. Dr. Nuwer helps patients suffering from joint pain find relief at her offices in Bay Health Center in Palo Alto, CA.
Joint Pain Q & A
What are the most common causes of joint pain?
Joint pain occurs in the body for a number of different reasons. Pain can be the result of overuse, strain, and movements like heavy lifting or athletic activity that are continuous. Being overweight can also put a lot of stress on the joints as well. Arthritis is one of the most common causes of joint pain. This occurs when the joint itself begins to degrade as a result of wear and tear or from injury. Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition that causes antibodies to attack the healthy lining of joints, can be the cause of joint pain.
How can the cause of joint pain be determined?
Evaluation of the pain and the underlying cause is the first step in determining what type of treatment should be administered. Diagnosis will begin with a consultation where medical history, family history, and other factors will be discussed to look for risk factors for diseases that can increase your risk of developing joint pain. This evaluation is usually followed by a physical examination and a series of range-of-motion tests to determine what types of movements trigger painful symptoms. X-rays or ultrasounds might be used to provide additional information about the cause of pain.
How is joint pain managed at Bay Health Center?
We use a multi-disciplinary approach to joint pain. Treatment from a skilled chiropractor can bring relief to joint pain. The process of spinal manipulation is where the chiropractor uses their hands to apply a controlled movement to a specific joint. It's been used to relieve pressure on joints, reduce inflammation, and improve nerve function. In addition to the manipulation or adjustments, practitioners can use ice and heat therapy, electric stimulation, and ultrasound for deep tissue healing. Also, at Bay Health Center, practitioners can use regenerative therapies including PRP and stem cell injection to repair the damaged joint. Nutritional counseling and lifestyle advice are offered to promote proper healing.