Your knees, shoulders, elbows and ankles are joints that are susceptible to injury, damage and pain. Pain from these joints usually stems from the damage of ligaments, tendons, cartilage bursae and/or conjoining bones. Although joint pain is not usually a critical condition, it can severely limit a sufferer from mobility and performing daily tasks and activities. Joints allow our limbs and extremities to move freely, so it can be frustrating when those movements are restrained by pain. One of the most common joint pain causes is gout.
What is gout?
Gout is a complex form of arthritis. People with gout suffer from sudden and severe attacks of pain, redness and tenderness. Often, this pain is concentrated at the joint at the base of the big toe. The joint becomes so hot and tender that even the lightest touches can seem unbearable. Men are more likely than woman to be affected by gout. If left untreated, gout can lead to even worse pain and joint damage.
Symptoms of Gout
Extreme Joint Pain: While gout most commonly affects the joints in your big toe, it can also affect your feet, ankles, knees, hands and wrists. If you are experiencing extreme pain in any of these areas, it may be gout. Pain is typically more intense at the start of an attack.
Prolonged Discomfort: Once the initial attack has subsided, pain can linger in your joints for several days or weeks. Gout can also gain momentum and affect other areas of your body for longer periods of time after the first incidence.
Inflammation and Redness: When suffering from gout, you may visibly see the joints become swollen, warm, red and tender. If you also experience a fever, make sure to call your doctor immediately as this could be a sign of infection.
Limited Range of Motion: The longer the pain lasts, the more mobility your joints may lose.
If your joint pain won’t fade, your health care provider may have recommended surgery to reverse the damage. However, there is no reason to resort to that choice before you at least try our non-operative treatments. We have helped many patients throughout North America avoid surgery that requires weeks of bed rest and long periods of physical therapy.
If you are experiencing sudden intense joint pain, we may have a solution for you. Give Parker Sports Medicine and Orthopedics a call today! 806-350-BONE(2663)
Swollen joints can be a deal breaker when it comes to having fun. They are painful, uncomfortable and can put a damper on anything from the wildest of dance parties to the simple daily walk up and down the stairs. The cause of swollen joints is inflammation due to a variety of reasons ranging from injury to disease. Check out these tips on treating joint swelling at home.
Treat yourself. Treat your joints. A massage will help relax your muscles, in turn easing your joint pain. This may not be a long-term cure; however, few will complain about having multiple spa days in their future.
Go ahead and sign up for that yoga class you’ve wanted to try. Over time, stretching increases flexibility and the ability to move. Yoga is a great low resistance way of practicing this. Plus, it has the added benefit of calming your mind. Something you may need when dealing with the frustration of painful joints.
Take a Warm Shower
Similar to the above-mentioned massage, taking a warm shower or bath can be simply relaxing. It also helps promote blood circulation, releases muscle tension and ultimately eases joint pain.
It is important to find a daily exercise routine that works for your schedule. It will help improve strength and stamina. There are also the added benefits of releasing feel-good endorphins and clearing bad toxins from your body.
Eat More Fish
Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids help reduce swelling and inflammation. This healthy fat is found in salmon, sardines, mackerel, trout, flaxseeds and walnuts. Try eating 3 to 4 ounces of fish, twice a week. If you don’t like fish, try a fish oil supplement.
These tips will help you manage your joint pain and swelling. However, at what point should you decide to go in to the doctor for a more in-depth treatment? If you are having any of the following symptoms associated with your joint pain, consider seeking medical attention.
- Rapid swelling
- Immobility of joint
- Loss of function
- Unable to exercise without pain
- Severe pain
- If you are frequently taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain medications for joint pain
Parker Sports Medicine and Orthopedics specializes in the surgical and non-surgical care of acute and chronic pain conditions in the orthopedic field. In pain? Schedule your appointment with us today. Call 806-350.BONE (2663)
Living with joint pain can put a damper on so many everyday activities. Simply walking up the stairs or enjoying a friend’s wedding band can seem impossible. If you haven’t found medical help, it may be time to consider regenerative medicine as your form of joint pain treatment. You may be wondering what exactly regenerative medicine means. It simply means that we use some of your own body’s tissue to help heal disease and injury. Stem cell therapy, in particular, has demonstrated to have a great impact in resolving joint pain. So much of joint pain is caused by arthritis.
Different Types of Arthritis
- Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis can be caused by aging, injury, or it can be a result of being overweight. This type is probably the most common and is usually quite painful. It can cause swelling of the joints leading to pain that occurs during the simplest tasks. Cartilage is a substance that helps protect the bones in joints and acts as a padding or shock absorber. When the cartilage starts to break down due to stress on the joint, the bones begin to rub together. This causes joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and makes it difficult to perform chores, work or other activities.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis: This type of arthritis is an autoimmune disease that can affect the joints in the ankles, feet, knees, thumbs, fingers, wrists, shoulders, and elbows. Rheumatoid arthritis is not caused by injury or aging like osteoarthritis. It is caused by enzymes produced by the body that attacks and destroys joint linings. This arthritis causes swelling, pain, and stiffness in the joints and can also cause flu-like symptoms.
- Psoriatic Arthritis: Psoriatic arthritis typically occurs as a secondary disorder in people with psoriasis of the skin. It most frequently affects joints in the hands and feet as a result of skin rash. Often the fingernails appear discolored or pitted in someone with psoriatic arthritis. Although many people have only one joint that is affected by psoriatic arthritis, it can work on more than one.
How can stem cell therapy help?
Stem cell therapy treatment is based on harvesting stem cells from the patient’s body. The stem cells are injected into the affected area, such as the knee so that they can regenerate and create new cartilage and tissue to combat the effects of osteoarthritis. Stem cells are considered “blank” cells because they can change and develop into the type of cell in the area where they are injected.
While the greatest impact of stem cells on arthritis is of osteoarthritis they can help those afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis by delivering therapeutic proteins that help relieve joint pain caused by inflammation. Ultimately, the treatments aim to promote regeneration and reverse the effects caused by rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis.
If you feel you could benefit from stem cell therapy, you can find help at our office. Call 806.350.BONE(2663) to book a consultation.