Pain can affect any joint in the body, bus it is particularly common in the shoulders, hips, ankles and knees. Joints provide the connectivity between bones, supporting the body and enabling mobility. Damage to the joints from illness or injury can impact movement and cause pain. Joint pain can affect anyone, old or young and can have many causes; injury or illness, and can affect a single joint or multiple joints. Knee joint pain is particularly common as these joints support your entire body mass, making them vulnerable to strain, impact and injury. Joint pain can reveal itself in different ways such as a sharp or aching pain.
You should seek medical advice to investigate the cause of pain, particularly if it is ongoing or if it developed suddenly as a result of trauma. A Doctor will assess whether the pain is in a single joint or whether it is affecting multiple joints and may require investigations such as an MRI to look more closely at the cause. Causes can include fracture or dislocation, various forms of arthritis, a connective tissue disorder, bleeding in the joint space (haemarthrosis), inflammation of the joint lining, gout or cartilage damage, amongst other causes..
The treatments available for joint pain are vast and will depend on the cause. Treatment may entail any or all of the following depending on clinical indication:.
- NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs i.e. Ibuprofen)
- Muscle relaxants
- Some anti-depressant and anti-epileptic drugs
- Stronger medications such as opioids
There are also incredibly effective topical treatments such as capsaicin which are applied to the skin in the form of patches.
Injection treatment with:
- Steroid alone
- Viscosupplementation (with or without steroid)
- Radiofrequency denervation
- Pulsed radiofrequency
Physical therapy based rehabilitation::
- Manual therapy and home exercise programmes
- Movement based therapies such as yoga or Pilates
- Chiropractic and osteopathic methods
Assessment should be sought for both chronic and acute cases of joint pain in order that underlying causes can be investigated and so that treatment recommendations can be determined to prevent deterioration of the pain or the underlying condition..
At the London Interventional Clinic, we have a holistic approach to treating your pain – Dr Humble will first see you for an initial consultation at any of our four clinics throughout London to assess your history and examine you in order to make recommendations as to a treatment plan. Your bespoke plan may include medication, investigations, minimally invasive pain management techniques, physical therapy based rehabilitation, or onward referrals to allied healthcare providers (such as a shoulder specialist). We will take care of the arrangements for any stage of your treatment plan; arranging private prescriptions, MRIs, treatments (outpatient therapy and daycase procedures) and referrals for physical therapy and other expert input..
You will be assessed and treated holistically, taking into account all clinical and lifestyle factors that may be affecting or impacting on your condition. Usually Dr Humble will want to review you periodically but this will be outlined as part of your plan..
Please contact us on 0208 185 7273 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book a consultation or with any enquiries you may have..