Joint Pain

Associated Pain Specialists

Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Knoxville, TN & Johnson City, TN

Joint pain can arise from repetitive stress injury, arthritis as we age, or a sudden onset from an injury such as a fall or playing sports. Ongoing unresolved joint pain can affect one’s activities of daily living. If you need help with joint pain, Robert Odell, MD, and the expert team at Associated Pain Specialists in Knoxville and Johnson City, Tennessee, could have the answer with a range of treatments for joint pain. Call the practice today to find out more, or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.

Joint Pain Q & A

What is joint pain? 

Joints form the connections between the bones that enable you to move freely. Your joints provide stability and allow the crossing muscles to contract which results in movement of each joint. 

When joints are damaged from disease or injury it can interfere with your movement and cause pain. The pain arises from inflammation within the joint itself. There are widespread joint pain causes including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Lupus

If you have one of these conditions, the initial treatment approach at Associated Pain Specialists is to use conservative, noninvasive options. A combination of physical therapies and medications are usually effective in relieving pain and restoring joint function, but for some patients, these conservative approaches don’t offer enough relief.

How is joint pain diagnosed?

Your provider at Associated Pain Specialists begins by reviewing your medical history, discussing your symptoms, doing a physical exam, and then if necessary, obtaining additional testing such as:  

  • X-rays
  • MRI/CT Scans
  • Bloodwork

Once all the pertinent information has been collected and an appropriate diagnosis has been determined, a treatment plan is developed to best give you the pain relief you are looking for. 

How is joint pain treated?

The target of joint pain treatment is to reduce the inflammation that is causing your pain. The initial treatment approach is to use conservative, noninvasive options. 

Physical therapy and medication are usually effective in relieving pain and restoring joint function, but for some patients, these conservative approaches don’t offer enough relief. 

If this is the case for you, the team at Associated Pain Specialists can help using the latest in injection therapies.

Joint injections contain a combination of an anesthetic and a steroid. These injections are most effective for patients who have conditions like arthritis or tendonitis, and can provide relief of joint pain for up to four months. 

Another option is viscosupplementation, which consists of hyaluronic acid (HA) injections that restore natural lubrication inside the joints.

If you have generalized joint pain, call Associated Pain Specialists today to make an appointment.