Joint Pain Specialists
A joint exists where bone meets bone. With well over 300 such locations in the human body, it’s easy to see why joint pain often makes it difficult to get up and get moving in the morning. Dr. Ali and his team at Noydeen Medical Group in Conway, Arkansas offer their patients a thorough evaluation to determine the factors causing your pain. After completing the evaluation process, Dr. Ali develops a plan designed to relieve your discomfort and address the root cause of those painful joints.
Joint Pain Q & A
What causes joint pain?
The reasons for joint pain, commonly called arthritis, vary greatly. Dr. Ali will consider your symptoms as he determines the best evaluation and diagnosis for your pain. Pain that’s present both at rest and with movement may indicate a process such as rheumatoid arthritis or other immunologic disorder. Joint pain that arises from osteoarthritis, a degenerative condition that typically occurs as we age or overuse a joint often develops or worsens with motion and decreases with rest. Advanced degenerative arthritis in areas such as the back or knees, however, can cause significant symptoms at rest as well as with use.
What’s the most common form of arthritis?
Osteoarthritis, a condition that occurs when the structures within a joint begin to deteriorate, is the most common type of non-inflammatory arthritis. In a healthy knee joint, for instance, cartilage exists as slick tissue that covers the ends of bones and cushions them while in use. This cartilage is sometimes damaged when a joint is overused. Athletes who train too hard or use joints repetitively, such as marathon runners, can develop knee pain due to overuse that wears away cartilage. Deterioration of the cartilage also occurs naturally with age as the tissue begins to break down, decreasing the cushioning between the bones of hips, knees, elbows and other joints.
What’s the treatment for joint pain?
After a thorough evaluation and discussion regarding your symptoms, Dr. Ali may order further diagnostic testing with MRI or standard x-rays to assess the extent of joint damage. If he suspects an inflammatory process such as rheumatoid arthritis, he may order a blood test that screens for antibodies typically present in rheumatoid arthritis. Once Dr. Ali determines the cause of your joint pain, several treatments exist to alleviate pain and slow the worsening of arthritis. These treatments include:
- Use of ibuprofen or other nonsteroidal and anti-inflammatory medications for milder flares and pain
- Guided physical therapy to improve joint range of motion and increase strength in the muscles supporting your joints
- Regular exercise and weight loss to decrease wear and tear on your joints
- Use of assistive devices such as canes to help you accomplish your activities of daily life
- Possible referral for surgical intervention when joint damage is severe