Joint Pain Specialist

Core Rehab LLC -  - Physical Therapist

Core Rehab LLC

Physical Therapist & Chiropractic Care located in Chicago, IL

Joint pain is a common problem that affects more than one-third of American adults. No matter the underlying cause, it’s important to take action and prevent your symptoms from getting worse. At Core Rehab LLC, the providers use conservative, minimally invasive treatments to manage joint pain. To make an appointment at the office in Chicago, Illinois, call or schedule online today.

Joint Pain Q&A

What is joint pain?

Joint pain refers to any stiffness, aching, or general discomfort that affects your joints, the areas of the musculoskeletal system where your bones meet. Examples of joints that may have pain include the ankles, knees, hips, wrists, elbows, and shoulders.

Joint pain is a common condition that affects everyone at one time or another. Often, it occurs due to strenuous exercise or general wear and tear.

What are the symptoms of joint pain?

Common symptoms of joint pain include:

  • Redness, swelling, or a sensation of warmth
  • A fever but no flu
  • Difficulty extending the joint
  • Pain that affects mobility

If you experience joint pain, you might also find it difficult to stand or place weight on the affected joint.

What are the common causes of joint pain?

Some of the leading causes of joint pain include:

Arthritis

Arthritis is a group of degenerative diseases that affect the joints. There are more than 100 types of arthritis, but some of the most common include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis. Gout may also cause joint pain.

Work injuries

If you work a physically demanding job in construction or warehousing, you’re also at risk of experiencing a repetitive strain or overuse injury. Common overuse injuries affect the joints, including tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, and frozen shoulder.

Sports injuries

Individuals who play sports or lead physically active lifestyles are susceptible to joint pain. That’s particularly true if you play sports that require frequent pivots or changes in direction like soccer, basketball, or hockey. 

Excess weight

Being overweight also increases your risk of joint pain. Excess pounds place stress on your joints, resulting in stiffness and inflammation.

How is joint pain diagnosed?

To diagnose joint pain, your Core Rehab LLC provider conducts a physical exam and asks about your symptoms, including when they started, their severity, and when they’re most noticeable. Next, they test your joint’s strength and range of motion. If these measures don’t provide enough insight into your condition, they order diagnostic imaging tests.

Diagnostic imaging tests, like X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI, capture images of the hard and soft tissues of the musculoskeletal system. They help your provider pinpoint the source of your discomfort and assist in guiding treatment.

How is joint pain treated?

The providers at Core Rehab LLC use conservative, minimally invasive treatments to manage joint pain whenever possible. Depending on your needs, they might recommend:

  • Massage therapy
  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Physical therapy
  • Joint injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Exercise and posture modifications
  • Vertebral axial decompression (VAX-D)
  • Sacroiliac joint injections

If your joint pain doesn’t respond to conservative care, surgical intervention may be necessary. The providers at Core Rehab LLC do everything they can to help you avoid surgery.

To receive treatment for joint pain, make an appointment at Core Rehab LLC by calling the office or scheduling online today.