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A joint is a structure where two or more bones meet and fit together. Other tissues within a joint include ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. A joint also contains a lubricating liquid called synovial fluid. Joint problems occur when something goes wrong with any of these components.
Common joint conditions and injuries include:
At Dignity Health, we offer a full range of orthopedic treatment from a team of board-certified specialists. Find a Doctor or call 877.914.1670 to schedule a consultation for your joint injury or condition in Arizona.
You can also take our online JointAware Risk Assessment to learn more about your joint pain.
The signs and symptoms of common joint conditions and injuries depend on the specific problem. Pain is a common symptom, but the location and severity of the pain will depend on the cause. Other symptoms may include limited range of motion, stiffness, and swelling and warmth over the joint. For fractures and dislocations, the joint may have a noticeable deformity.
The muscles may also be affected. You may have muscle aches, tenderness, or bruising.
Overuse injuries from repetitive motions are a common cause of problems such as tendonitis and stress fractures. Overuse combined with age-related wear and tear on the joints can increase the risk of osteoarthritis. Traumatic injuries (accidental or sports-related injuries) are generally the cause of acute injuries, such as broken bones, sprains, and dislocations.
Your specific joint condition or injury will determine your treatment options at Dignity Health. Your care team will consider your medical history, risk factors for future problems, and overall health to create a customized treatment plan.
Many joint injuries and conditions respond to home treatment with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). Over-the-counter, anti-inflammatory medicines may also help ease your pain. If those don’t help, your doctor may recommend physical therapy or joint injections with a corticosteroid. A physical therapist can help you maintain joint strength, flexibility, and range of motion. If the issue continues, surgery may be necessary to treat your condition or injury.
We provide a specialized approach to joint replacements, so you can rest assured that you’re in the best hands for many types of joint treatment.
Dignity Health offers patients a reliable place for joint condition and injury treatment in Arizona.