Joint conditions can cause pain and prevent you from doing some of the activities you love in life. A joint problem occurs when anything goes wrong with either the bones that form the joint or other tissues within the joint.
Whether from overuse or injury, Dignity Health Central California’s award-winning orthopedic services can help you heal from a joint condition. Find a Doctor today for a diagnosis and joint injury treatment in Central California.
Recognizing Joint Injury Symptoms
Pain is among the most common of joint injury symptoms. Your pain may either be sharp and severe or achy and dull. Symptoms can vary depending on the specific joint condition.
Talk to your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms related to joint conditions and injuries:
- Limited movement
- Muscle aches
You can develop a joint condition, such as tendonitis or a stress fracture, from repetition and overuse. As we age, overuse from wear and tear on the joints can increase the chances of developing osteoarthritis. Most severe joint injuries occur from an accidental or sports-related trauma.
To find out more about your joint health, take our online joint risk assessment.
Treating Common Joint Conditions at Dignity Health Central California
Your doctor will discuss your medical history, overall health, and risk factors to completely understand your condition. Your treatment plan will be based on a philosophy of care, dignity, and respect.
A joint problem can occur if you damage any of the bones, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, or synovial fluid that make up your joint.
Common joint conditions and injuries diagnosed at Dignity Health Central California include:
- Rheumatic disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis
- Sprains and strains
- Gout, a type of arthritis
- Fractures and breaks
- Degenerative joint and bone diseases, such as osteoarthritis
The type of condition or injury will help determine the best treatment for your healing and well-being. Your doctor may recommend rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). Over-the-counter, anti-inflammatory medicines also help relieve pain.
If more treatment is need, your doctor may recommend physical therapy or joint injections with a corticosteroid. Sometimes, orthopedic surgery is necessary to treat more serious joint conditions and injuries.
Meet with a Dignity Health Central California doctor to learn more about your care.
Dignity Health Central California’s trusted orthopedic doctors specialize in effective treatment for joint injuries in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.