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Joint Pain Specialist

Spring Valley Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine located in Washington, DC & Bethesda, MD

Joint pain can put an immediate end to an otherwise enjoyable day and is a common complaint among adults. At Spring Valley Internal Medicine in Washington, DC, and Bethesda, Maryland, the team has years of experience treating joint pain and can help you get back on your feet and in the swing of your routine. Schedule an appointment online or call the office to get started on a path toward healthy, pain-free joint function.

Joint Pain Q & A

What causes joint pain?

There are hundreds of joints in the human body, many of which sustain stress throughout every day. It’s no wonder that joint pain is such a common experience. 

Numerous factors can lead to joint pain. Some are the result of disease, trauma, or overuse, while others are brought on by the aging process. Common causes include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Strains and sprains
  • Traumatic injury
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout
  • Lupus
  • Certain cancers

Talk to the team at Spring Valley Internal Medicine if you begin experiencing joint pain due to an injury or medical condition.

When should I see a doctor for joint pain?

Occasional joint pain is a regular part of life, especially after a period of intense exercise or muscle exertion. Be sure to seek medical care for joint pain accompanied by the following:

  • Swelling
  • Joint immobility
  • Redness
  • Sensation of heat or warmth
  • Joint dislocation
  • Severe pain

You should see a doctor for joint pain that doesn't subside after a few days of rest, ice, gentle heat, and over-the-counter pain medications.

How is joint pain diagnosed?

The team at Spring Valley Internal Medicine is experienced in assessing joint pain. A physical examination can show clear signs of the problem, like joint dislocation. 

Diagnostic tools including clinical findings and lab results are often necessary to get to the bottom of your joint pain. An accurate diagnosis is essential to finding an effective treatment path. Some joint problems can grow significantly worse without treatment. 

Imaging technology can help diagnose pain in the spine, elbows, knees, shoulders, hips, hands, and wrists. X-rays, ultrasound, and MRIs are all potential tools. Imaging that is not available on-site can be obtained through referral. 

Lab testing of your blood or synovial fluid from the affected joint can also help your doctor learn more about your joint health. 

What are some treatments for joint pain?

Your customized treatment path depends on your unique set of needs. Medications can help manage joint pain, but they also have a risk of side effects. Over-the-counter pain relief options may cause issues like gastrointestinal bleeding. 

Physical therapy is an excellent treatment option. The process involves teaching you targeted stretches and exercises that can help manage your joint pain. 

Steroid injections can provide temporary relief, as can procedures to remove excess fluid in the joint. Topical agents like capsaicin work by interrupting the transmission of pain signals between your body and brain. 

Schedule an appointment at Spring Valley Internal Medicine today and begin working toward lasting relief from joint pain.