When you can no longer manage chronic joint pain on your own, you can find help at the office of Thomas Synek, MD. As an interventional pain management specialist, Dr. Synek offers comprehensive care for persistent joint pain that results from arthritis, dislocations, or other chronic conditions. He specializes in innovative therapies like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and ultrasound-guided joint injections to restore your joint mobility and keep you pain-free. Call the Spring, Texas, pain management office to schedule an appointment today, or book a consultation online.

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What causes joint pain?

Bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons come together to form a joint. You have many joints in your body, including your knees, elbows, hips, shoulders, and wrists, that allow you to move in different ways.

Joint pain can develop from direct trauma to your joints from sports or a fall. You may also be at risk for chronic joint pain as you get older and the structures of your joint break down and wear out.

Some of the common causes of chronic joint pain that Dr. Synek diagnoses and treats include:

  • Gout
  • Bursitis
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at the office of Thomas Synek, MD, if you have persistent joint pain that isn’t treatable with rest and over-the-counter medications.

How is joint pain diagnosed?

To determine the underlying cause of your chronic joint pain, Dr. Synek reviews your personal and family medical histories. He also physically examines your painful joint, testing its flexibility and range of motion.

Diagnostic imaging tests, like X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), create pictures of the inner structures of your joint. Dr. Synek can use these tests to identify arthritis, fractures, and other issues that affect the health of your joint.

How is joint pain treated?

Initially, your treatment plan for joint pain may involve oral medications to reduce pain and inflammation. Aquatic therapy and physical therapy can strengthen the muscles that support your joint.

If oral medications can’t improve joint function, you may benefit from steroid injections or ultrasound-guided joint injections that deliver medications directly into the joint. These treatments can also relieve the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition that develops when inflamed tissue presses on the nerves near your wrist joint.

Dr. Synek also offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections to repair damaged joints. These injections contain substances from your own body that help regenerate new, healthy cells to replace those damaged by disease or injury.

To learn more about the available treatments for arthritis and other causes of chronic joint pain, call the office of Thomas Synek, MD, to schedule an appointment, or book one online today.