Joint pain is a common condition that affects about one in three American adults. At Regenerative Medicine of Iowa, PC, physical medicine and rehabilitation provider Michael D.Jackson, MD, FAAPMR, provides complete care for joint pain. He can pinpoint the underlying cause using holistic treatments and help you feel better. Call the office or click online today to make an appointment at the practice in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Joint pain refers to any aching, stiffness, or general discomfort that affects one or several joints –– any area of your body where two bones meet. Almost everyone experiences joint pain occasionally, but if your symptoms persist or interfere with your ability to work or exercise, it’s important to seek professional help.
Joint pain occurs for various reasons, including:
You might also experience joint pain due to a repetitive use injury, like tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow.
Make an appointment with Dr. Jackson if your joint pain doesn’t respond to at-home treatments like ice and over-the-counter medication or if the pain interferes with your mobility or keeps you from work or other activities you enjoy. You can also make an appointment if you’ve seen a surgeon, whether you were considered a surgical candidate or not.
To diagnose joint pain, Dr. Jackson reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including when they started and if the pain is dull, sharp, or throbbing.
Next, he conducts a physical exam, gently pressing on your affected joint (or joints) to pinpoint areas of warmth or swelling. Testing the joint’s strength, range of motion and performing special tests allows for accurate diagnosis.
Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound is performed to confirm exam findings. Additional diagnostic studies such as X-rays or MRI may be ordered to capture high-quality photos of your bones and joints.
Dr. Jackson uses a holistic and interventional approach to treatments when managing joint pain, including:
Dr. Jackson might also recommend healthy lifestyle changes like losing weight, eating a balanced diet, or exercising regularly. Ultimately, the goal of treatment is to minimize uncomfortable symptoms, restore your mobility, and improve your quality of life.
There’s no way to prevent joint pain entirely, but you can significantly lower your risk by practicing good posture, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding bad habits like smoking. If you live a physically active lifestyle, it’s also important to warm up and cool down before and after exercise.
If you regularly experience joint pain, make an appointment at Regenerative Medicine of Iowa, PC, by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.