Comprehensive Joint Pain Management in GEORGIA
As many as millions of Americans suffer from chronic joint pain. The pain can be caused by a wide variety of factors, from conditions like arthritis, bursitis and gout to injuries like strains or sprains. No matter the cause, joint pain can be extremely debilitating, making it difficult to perform everyday activities.
At Southern Pain and Spine, we are dedicated to helping our patients find relief from their joint pain. We offer a variety of treatment options, including medication, physical therapy, and injections. We will work with you to create a customized treatment plan that is right for you.
Whether you need foot and ankle pain treatment or you’re feeling pain in your shoulders, Southern Pain and Spine can offer the care you need. If you are suffering from joint pain, please request your first appointment online today. As the top physiatrist Atlanta has to offer, we will help you get back to living your life pain-free.
Joint Pain Treatments
Physical Therapy & Home Exercise Programs
One of the best ways to treat joint pain is through physical therapy. Physical therapy can help to strengthen the muscles and joints around the affected area, which can help to lessen the pain. Physical therapy can also help to increase range of motion and flexibility.
At Southern Pain and Spine, we offer physical therapy services in our office. We also provide home exercise programs that can be done in the comfort of your own home.
Imaging & Diagnostics
In order to create an effective treatment plan, it is important to first accurately diagnose the cause of the joint pain. We offer a variety of leading-edge imaging and diagnostic services in our office, including X-rays, MRI scans, and ultrasounds. We will work with you to determine which tests are necessary to make an accurate diagnosis.
Joint pain can often be exacerbated by stress. We offer psychological evaluations in our office to help identify any stressors that may be causing or worsening the joint pain. We can then work with you to create a treatment plan that includes stress-reduction techniques.
TENS, Compound Topicals, Biofeedback, and Meditation
In addition to physical therapy and medication, there are a variety of other treatments that can be effective for joint pain. These include:
- TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation): This is a treatment that uses electrical impulses to relieve pain.
- Compound topical treatments: These are treatments that are applied directly to the skin. They can include creams, gels, or patches.
- Biofeedback: This is a treatment that uses sensors to measure muscle tension and heart rate. The information is then used to help the patient learn to control the muscle tension and heart rate.
- Meditation: This is a relaxation technique that can help to reduce stress and pain.
We will work with you to determine which of these treatments may be right for you.
Joint injections are popular pain management treatments that help provide joint pain relief. At Southern Pain and Spine, the team offers joint injections to alleviate your pain so you can enjoy long-term pain relief and improved quality of life.
Some of the types of joint injections we offer include:
- Intra-articular Steroid, Zilretta, Toradol Injections: These types of injections are given to help reduce inflammation in the joints.
- Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) Injections: These injections use the patient’s own blood to help promote healing in the joints.
- Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC): This is a type of injection that uses cells found patient’s own bone marrow to help accelerate the body's natural recovery process in a damaged joint.
- Bursa Injections: These injections are given to help reduce inflammation in the bursa, which is a small sac of fluid that helps cushion the joints.
- Renu: This is an injection that helps to lubricate and cushion the joints.
Peripheral Nerve & DRG Stimulation
Southern Pain and Spine offers two types of stimulation therapies to help relieve joint pain: peripheral nerve stimulation and DRG (dorsal root ganglion) stimulation.
Peripheral nerve stimulation therapy involves the placement of a small device near the peripheral nerves. The device emits electrical impulses that help to reduce pain signals.
DRG stimulation therapy also involves the placement of a small device, but in this case, it is placed near the dorsal root ganglion. The dorsal root ganglion is a cluster of nerves that carries pain signals from the body to the brain. The electrical impulses emitted by the device help to reduce or block these pain signals.
Both of these therapies are minimally invasive and have been shown to be effective in reducing joint pain.
Southern Pain and Spine also offers sympathetic blocks to help relieve joint pain. Sympathetic nerves are a part of the nervous system that helps to regulate the body's fight-or-flight response.
During a sympathetic block, medication is injected near the sympathetic nerves. This helps to temporarily block the transmission of pain signals. Sympathetic blocks are often used to treat Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), which is a chronic pain condition that can occur after an injury.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect during an injection at a joint pain clinic near me?
Your provider first reviews what you can expect during your joint injection at Southern Pain and Spine. During the treatment, your provider may numb the area with a local anesthetic. Using guided imagery, they then insert the needle into your joint and administer the medication.
Most patients can return to their normal activities following a joint injection, but you may spend some time in the exam room for additional monitoring. You should also consider having a loved one or friend drive you home after your joint injection.
You may notice improvements in your pain levels within a week after the injection. The results may last anywhere from several days to several months.
What are some common causes of joint pain?
There are many possible causes of joint pain, including:
- Injury or trauma
- Repetitive motion
- Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CPRS)
Treatment for joint pain depends on the underlying cause. That's why an accurate diagnosis is vital.
Does your joint pain doctor near me accept insurance?
Yes! In order to make leading-edge rehabilitative care accessible to as many patients as possible, Southern Pain and Spine proudly accepts insurance from most major providers across the state of Georgia. View our list of accepted providers on our page, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly and knowledgeable staff.