It is a common misconception that people should only see an orthopedic surgeon to treat joint pain, when in fact, many instances of joint pain can be treated by your family practitioner at Sinclair Healthcare. Joint pain is most common among older patients and typically caused by osteoarthritis. Being overweight is the second most common cause of joint pain. The extra weight puts more pressure on your joints than they were intended to handle which is how your joints wear out over time.
The good news is that there are many non-surgical options for treating joint pain. At Sinclair Healthcare, we recommend several treatments such as steroid injections, joint fluid injections, platelet-rich plasma, stem cell therapy, and even medical marijuana. We require all our patients to undergo a physical examination before recommending a treatment plan to ensure joint pain is the root cause of your discomfort.
Many patients believe that steroid injections are the best choice, but it is important to understand that these injections only treat the inflammation of the joint, and while it may temporarily relieve the pain, the swelling is your body’s way of healing itself. This means that steroid injections only treat your symptoms and not the underlying cause of your pain.
At Sinclair Healthcare, we want you to live your best life which is why we help patients find the best method for not just alleviating the pain, but healing and strengthening their joints. For more information on joint pain or to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us today at (561) 798-2002.