Joint Pain

Joint Pain Specialist
Pain in your back, hips, neck, or other joints doesn’t always respond to medication or rest. When joint pain interferes with your daily activities and makes it painful even to walk, it’s time to turn to New York Medicine Doctors in the Midtown East neighborhood of New York City.

Joint Pain Q & A

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What causes joint pain?

Joint pain can develop from a number of causes. These include: wear and tear, conditions such as arthritis, or an injury. Joint pain caused by an injury can become chronic, particularly if it has not healed properly. Whatever the cause, joint pain can eventually lead to stiffness and a decreased range of motion. We determine the cause of joint pain before giving you treatment options.

How is joint pain diagnosed?

A specialist performs a physical exam and runs tests as needed to diagnose the cause of your joint pain. During the exam, they evaluate the affected joints and discusses your symptoms. They may order X-rays or other imaging tests, such as an MRI if further examination is required. These tests enable him to see the affected area in greater detail to determine:

  • Where joint pain is coming from
  • How much damage there is
  • How widespread the damage is

How does one treat joint pain?

The type of treatment we recommend depends on the cause of your joint pain its severity. Minor damage to tendons, cartilage, or ligaments usually doesn’t involve invasive techniques or surgical procedures. If you have more serious tendon, cartilage, or ligament problems or major labral issues, interventional pain management might be recommended, such as platelet-rich plasma or spinal cord stimulation. You might also benefit from orthopedic treatments, such as physical therapy.

How can patients prevent joint pain from returning?

You can lower your risk of having joint pain returning after treatment in several ways. Getting regular physical activity, especially exercise that involves improving your flexibility and muscle strength, makes you less likely to have chronic joint pain. You can also prevent it from returning by losing excess weight that puts pressure on your joints. We provide you with helpful information on reducing your risk of having recurring joint pain.

To learn more about treatments for joint pain or to schedule an appointment, please contact New York Medicine Doctors.

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800 2nd Avenue
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New York, NY 10017