Why You Shouldn't Ignore Chronic Joint Pain

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Chronic Joint Pain

If you have chronic joint pain, you’re not alone. Nearly 1 in 4 people in the United States have stiffness and pain in their joints that limit their leisure and work activities. Ongoing pain in your knee, hip, or shoulder can make daily tasks, like putting away groceries or getting out of the car, difficult. Plus, pursuing activities you like to do for fun is often out of the question. 

At Silicon Valley Orthopaedics in Fremont, California, Nic Gay, MDMasi Reynolds, DO, and April Mancuso, MD, provide diagnoses so you understand why you have chronic joint pain and treatments to help you resolve it, lessen it, or manage it, so it has less of an impact on your quality of life. 

Don’t ignore chronic pain, reach out to us for help.

When you should seek support for chronic joint pain

When you have pain, it’s not just an inevitability of an active lifestyle or aging. It’s a warning sign from your body that something is wrong. Even if you learn to live with it or stoically say, “it’s not that bad,” you should get it checked out.

Chronic joint pain is often a sign of a condition like arthritis or gout. While these conditions can’t be cured, their symptoms can be managed, so you feel less burdened by pain. In other cases, you might have tendonitis or even a stress fracture that requires rest and smart treatment strategies to prevent complications.

Signs that you should seek the care of an orthopedic specialist like our team at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics include:

These are signs that your joint problems aren’t just going to go away and will likely continue to worsen with time. 

How early interventions can help

Ignoring joint pain for too long can often lead to greater mobility issues or a fall or injury. When you take care of your joint pain early, you are more likely to delay or prevent the need for surgery. If you end up needing surgery, early interventions mean you are more likely to heal faster and better than if you wait. 

When you come to us with joint pain, we’ll run screening tests to determine the extent of the damage and the likely cause. These may include X-rays, blood tests, and MRIs or CAT scans. 

Early interventions include:

We can also talk to you about surgery and whether it’s necessary now or in the future. 

Don’t live another day with undiagnosed and unsupported chronic joint pain. Contact Silicon Valley Orthopaedics today for a diagnosis and treatment plan. Call today or use this website to schedule your visit.

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