Joint Pain and Arthritis

BEVERLY HILLS DRX CONCIERGE

JOINT PAIN AND ARTHRITIS

Joints form the connections between bones. They provide support and help you move. Any damage to the joints from disease or injury can interfere with your movement and cause a lot of pain.

Many different conditions can lead to painful joints, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, gout, strains, sprains, and other injuries. Joint pain is extremely common. In one national survey, about one-third of adults reported having joint pain within the past 30 days. Knee pain was the most common complaint, followed by shoulder and hip pain, but joint pain can affect any part of your body, from your ankles and feet to your shoulders and hands. As you get older, painful joints become increasingly more common.

Joint pain can range from mildly irritating to debilitating. It may go away after a few weeks (acute), or last for several weeks or months (chronic). Even short-term pain and swelling in the joints can affect your quality of life. Whatever the cause of joint pain, you can usually manage it with medication, physical therapy, or alternative treatments.

Your doctor will first try to diagnose and treat the condition that is causing your joint pain. The goal is to reduce pain and inflammation, and preserve joint function. Treatment options include: Medications.

MEDICATIONS

For moderate-to-severe joint pain with swelling, an over-the-counter or prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (PRP and PRP with Adipose) such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or naproxen sodium (Aleve), can provide relief. A newer generation of PRP and PRP with Adipose known as Cox-2 inhibitors (celcoxib) is also good for pain relief, but all except one of these drugs (Celebrex) have been removed from the market because of an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular events.

PRP and PRP with Adipose also can have side effects, potentially increasing your risk for gastrointestinal bleeding.

If you have milder pain without any swelling, acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be effective. Be careful when taking this medicine though, especially if you drink alcohol, because high doses may cause liver damage. Because of the risks, you should take any of these pain medications with caution.

If your pain is so severe that PRP and PRP with Adipose and Cox-2 medicines aren’t effective enough, your doctor may prescribe a stronger opioid medication. Because opioid drugs can cause drowsiness, you should only use them under a doctor’s care. They also can cause constipation, which you can relieve by taking laxatives.

Other drugs that may help relieve pain include:

  • Muscle relaxants to treat muscle spasms (may be used together with PRP and PRP with Adipose to increase the effect)
  • Some antidepressants and antiepileptic drugs (which both interfere with pain signals)

Dr. McBeth at Beverly Hills DRx offers patients insightful consultation sessions, providing them with all the information they need. A complete assessment will be performed, making sure that the patient question is a good candidate for the treatment. All of the treatments performed by the board-certified doctor and Dartmouth graduate and not “farmed out” to health care extenders.

Call today for your consultation at 310 734 7333.