Joint Pain

Joint Pain

Joint Pain services offered in Sarasota, FL

Joint pain may disrupt your day, but it shouldn’t control how you live. Peter Fernandez, MD, and Amanda Fernandez, DPT, MPH, CSCS, at Sunshine Spine and Pain Specialists, PLLC, in Sarasota, Florida, take a comprehensive approach to joint pain. They create tailored treatment plans designed to ease pain, improve mobility, and support your return to doing the things you enjoy. If you’re interested in learning about treatment options for joint pain, no matter the underlying cause, call the office or book a consultation online today.

Joint Pain Q & A

What causes joint pain?

Joint pain occurs when the structures in or around the joint are injured or the tissues become damaged due to an inflammatory or degenerative health condition.

A few common causes of joint pain include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Torn ligaments
  • Meniscus or cartilage injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lupus

Sprains are one of the top joint injuries, while osteoarthritis is the most common degenerative disease.

What symptoms accompany joint pain?

Joint pain seldom occurs alone. You may experience other symptoms, such as:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Bruising
  • Joint instability
  • Joint stiffness
  • Limited mobility
  • Inability to use the joint
  • Tingling, burning, or numbness
  • Grinding or clicking when moving

Inflammatory and degenerative joint conditions also cause symptoms outside the joint (systemic). A few examples include:

  • Muscle pain and weakness
  • Skin rashes and sores
  • Hardened and thickened skin
  • Eye inflammation
  • Dry eyes and/or mouth
  • Abdominal pain

Don’t wait to seek treatment for severe symptoms or joint pain that doesn’t improve. 

How is joint pain treated?

The first step is seeing a physician who specializes in treating the cause of your joint pain. As they treat the musculoskeletal injury or rheumatic disease, your pain may improve.

But if your symptoms persist despite conventional medical treatment, you should never tolerate the ongoing pain. The team at Sunshine Spine and Pain Specialists, PLLC, provides personalized care that eases your pain no matter what condition affects the joint.

Your treatment may include:

Physical therapy

Physical therapy is essential for all causes of joint pain. Exercise boosts circulation, reduces inflammation, and promotes healing. It strengthens the muscles supporting the joint and improves mobility.

Your physical therapist at Sunshine Spine and Pain Specialists, PLLC, also offers numerous treatments for treating painful joints, such as Kinesio® Taping therapy and joint mobilization.

Regenerative medicine

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections may reduce inflammation and promote faster healing by triggering the production of new tissues and blood vessels. PRP is especially important for treating structures inside the joint that have a limited blood supply, such as cartilage and ligaments.

Interventional medicine

Your provider at Sunshine Spine and Pain Specialists, PLLC, may recommend joint injections and other interventional treatments for chronic joint pain. For example, nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablation, and spinal cord stimulation can significantly reduce the pain.

If you have questions about relieving joint pain, call Sunshine Spine and Pain Specialists, PLLC, or request an appointment online today.