Joint Pain

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Joint pain is discomfort that arises from any joint the point where two or more bones meet. Dr. Edward Hill discusses joint pain in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A joint is where two bones are attached by muscles and ligaments. Joints, especially those in the shoulders, knees, hips and spine, can feel stiff or become painful to move for many reasons.

Joint pain can be mild, causing some soreness each time you move your joint. Or joint pain can be severe, making it impossible to use your joint.

Make an appointment with your doctor if your joint pain is accompanied by swelling, redness, or tenderness and warmth around the joint

See a doctor immediately if your joint pain is caused by an injury and is accompanied by:

Joint deformity

Inability to use the joint

Intense pain, or

Sudden swelling

Treatment depends on whats causing your joint pain. Some people just need rest, pain relievers or cortisone shots. Others may need physical therapy and joint rehabilitation. In some cases, you may need joint surgery. Types of surgery include arthroscopy, a minimally invasive surgery to repair the joint; joint resurfacing; or total joint replacement.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.