Many of us have had joint pain at some time in our lives. Sometimes, joint conditions and injuries can cause severe pain that affects your daily activities and prevent you from living life to its fullest.
At Dignity Health Central Coast, trusted orthopedic services can help you fully understand common joint conditions and your treatment options. Find a Doctor today to determine how you can take control of your joint problem or injury on California’s Central Coast.
Pain Among Symptoms of Joint Conditions at Dignity Health Central Coast
If you have a joint condition or injury, you already know that pain is a common symptom. Your pain can vary based on the cause of your condition, from sharp and severe to dull and achy.
Talk to a Dignity Health Central Coast doctor if your joint feels stiff or warm, swells, or is hard to move. For fractures and dislocations, your joint may have a noticeable deformity.
Joint conditions and injuries also have an impact on your muscles, causing tenderness, bruising, or muscle aches. At Dignity Health Central Coast, our comprehensive team of orthopedic experts treat you with dignity and respect while providing personalized care for a range of joint conditions and injuries.
Common Joint Conditions & Injuries
Two or more bones meet and fit together to create your joint. Supporting the joint are tendons, cartilage, ligaments, and synovial fluid. Joint conditions and injuries happen when a problem occurs with any of those parts.
Common joint conditions and injuries diagnosed at Dignity Health Central Coast include:
- Rheumatic disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis
- Fractures and breaks
- Sprains and strains
- Gout, a type of arthritis
- Degenerative joint and bone diseases, such as osteoarthritis
Using the same joint over and over again can cause joint conditions, such as golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow. Overuse, combined with age-related wear and tear on the joints, can increase your risk of osteoarthritis. Injuries due to trauma can result in acute injuries, such as sprains, broken bones, and dislocations.
Joint Injury Treatment to Relieve Pain
Simple treatments at home can help relieve many joint conditions and injuries. Your doctor most often will recommend rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). Over-the-counter, anti-inflammatory medicines found at your local pharmacy also help relieve pain.
If these treatments do not provide you with relief, your Dignity Health Central Coast doctor may recommend physical therapy or joint injections with a corticosteroid. Sometimes, orthopedic surgery is necessary to treat joint conditions and injuries.
If you feel you are at risk for joint injuries and conditions on the Central Coast, talk to your Dignity Health orthopedic doctor for prevention and treatment options.
Dignity Health’s trusted orthopedic doctors specialize in compassionate treatment for joint conditions and injuries on the Central Coast of California.