Jarrod D. Friedman, MD
Interventional Pain Medicine & Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation located in Boca Raton, FL & West Palm Beach, FL
Everyone experiences joint pain occasionally, but if your symptoms prevent you from work, errands, or exercising, it’s important to get treated. At CoreSmart, double board-certified interventional pain management physician Jarrod Friedman, MD, uses minimally invasive treatments to relieve joint pain caused by arthritis, sports injuries, sprains and strains, and general wear-and-tear. To make an appointment in Boca Raton or West Palm Beach, Florida, call the office at 561-923-9599 or visit us online today.
Joint Pain Q&A
What is joint pain?
Joint pain is discomfort or stiffness that occurs at or near a joint –– a place where two or more of your bones meet. Your joints help you perform a wide range of motions, including walking, throwing, and lifting.
When you’re young, moving around is easy and pain-free, but your joints begin to wear down as you age. Joint pain can affect your quality of life and mobility without intervention and treatment.
Who is at risk of experiencing joint pain?
Anyone can experience joint pain, but several factors may increase your risk, including:
- A history of joint injuries
- Arthritis or another chronic condition
- Weight issues
- Playing sports
- Working a physically demanding job
You’re also more likely to experience joint pain as you age. The older you get, the more the cartilage that pads your joints wears down.
What are some common causes of joint pain?
At CoreSmart, Dr. Friedman treats the painful conditions associated with the following diagnoses:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
There are many causes of joint pain. If you find that your painful condition is interfering with your quality of life, you should seek medical advice.
What steps does Dr. Friedman take to evaluate your joint pain?
At CoreSmart, Dr. Friedman diagnoses joint pain during an in-office visit. First, he reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including when the pain started, if it extends to other parts of your body, and if it’s worse during certain activities, like work or exercise.
Next, Dr. Friedman conducts an exam. During the exam, he assesses your joint, looking for swelling, bruising, or redness. Dr. Friedman also checks the joint’s flexibility and range of motion. He may perform diagnostic ultrasound in the office or he might order X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI to see if there’s a fracture or dislocation.
How is joint pain treated?
At CoreSmart, Dr. Friedman uses noninvasive treatments to relieve joint pain whenever possible. Many people benefit from healthy lifestyle changes, like maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and wearing the proper safety equipment during exercise.
You might also benefit from:
- Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
- Topical ointments
- Supportive aids, like a brace or a cane
- Physical therapy
- Joint injections
- Nerve blockade and/or Neurolytic therapy
Dr. Friedman is conservative in his approach, and he has his patients’ best interests in mind.
To explore the treatment options for joint pain, make an appointment at CoreSmart by calling our office at 561-923-9599 or visiting us online today.