What are joint (or musculoskeletal) problems?
Musculoskeletal and joint pain are common problems, and are the result of a variety of conditions that affect the mechanics and function of that particular joint. These issues can potentially lead to joint and soft tissue dysfunction.
Acute and chronic conditions, such as ligament sprains, muscle strains, tendonitis, bursitis, and arthritis, can all have an effect on how a person uses that joint, which can lead to chronic mechanical dysfunction, and chronic pain.
How experienced is the team in treating these conditions?
Our nonsurgical team, consisting of physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists (physiatrist) and physical therapists, have extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of these conditions. These conditions can affect any individual, however, many professional athletes have entrusted us with their care, based on our ability to address the condition in such a comprehensive manner.
What are some of the most common treatments for these conditions?
We’ll first perform a detailed history and physical examination to identify specific areas that may be causing your symptoms. We may also order specific tests, such as x-rays, MRIs, blood work, and electrodiagnostic testing to obtain even more detail about your diagnosis.
Once the appropriate diagnosis is made, treatment can begin, which consists of a detailed and comprehensive supervised physical therapy program. This will aid us in re-establishing proper alignment of the soft tissue area or joint in question, as well as improve range of motion, strength, and joint mechanics, to maximize function of the joint.
Additionally, the use of bracing, and other modalities, such as TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), electrical stimulation, therapeutic ultrasound, soft tissue laser, and ASTYM treatment (which helps to remove unwanted scar tissue that may cause pain or restrict motion) may be used to decrease muscle spasm, improve flexibility, and decrease pain.
Because therapy can be strenuous, and even painful, we incorporate pain management strategies, such as image-guided soft tissue, nerve, and joint injections. We may also look to medication to decrease pain and help you tolerate your therapy. If we’re unable to achieve relief from your symptoms through nonsurgical care, then we’ll refer you to the most appropriate specialist.
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