Joint pain can be caused by trauma or specific injuries, wear and tear, and inflammation. For acute injuries and pain, treatment focuses on relieving your pain and discomfort within weeks, rather than relying on rest and watchful waiting that can take several months to take effect. Chronic injuries and joint pain associated with inflammation can take longer to recover due to the possibility of underlying joint damage. Using therapies focused on reducing inflammation and pain first, the Kinexis Healthcare team later introduces active rehab options as your condition improves in order to strengthen your joint and repair the underlying damage.
Joint Pain Q & A
What causes joint pain?
Different conditions can cause pain and dysfunction in your joints, including:
- Arthritis, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Degenerative joint disease
- Ligament sprains or tears
- Muscle strains or tears
- Bone spurs
- Chondromalacia patella
Anatomical variations may also predispose you to developing certain joint problems due to the abnormal alignment or motion within your joint. If this is a concern for you, discuss these possibilities with the team to understand your options for treatment.
What are the signs of a joint injury?
Joint injury symptoms vary depending on the joint involved, but common symptoms among all types of joint pain include:
- Pain, tenderness, and possibly swelling along the joint line
- Decreased range of motion or stiffness
- Difficulty moving the affected joint
- Trouble bearing wearing or lifting objects
- Popping and clicking in the joint
- Sensation that the joint may give out or pop out of place
Joint pain can also flare up during times of increased activity, cold weather, or high-impact activities, including running and jumping.
How is joint pain treated?
Various treatments for joint pain are available at Kinexis Healthcare. Depending on your diagnosis, the severity of your pain, and the extent of damage or inflammation in your affected joint, the team may recommend one or more of the following treatment approaches:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Physiotherapy, including hot and cold therapy and electrical nerve stimulation
- Soft tissue therapy, including massage therapy
- Rehab exercises and stretches
- Athletic taping and bracing
- Stem cell therapy
These treatments reduce pain and inflammation while also improving joint range of motion and function, so you can recover fully in less time than rest alone.
To set up a consultation for your joint pain, use the online booking tool or call Kinexis Healthcare now.