Nearly 14 million people in the United States suffer from joint pain, and that number increases every year. Whether it’s due to arthritis or an injury, joint pain can be intense and interrupt your daily routine. At his Glen Rock and Jersey City, New Jersey, surgical practices, Deepan Patel, MD, offers innovative therapies to treat persistent joint pain, including minimally invasive surgeries and total joint replacements to restore joint health and quality of life. Schedule an evaluation online or by phone to learn more about how Dr. Patel provides relief from joint pain.
Joint pain can be the result of injury, trauma, or a number of health conditions, including:
Pain can range from mild and infrequent to persistent and severe, depending on the cause or type of injury you suffer. You should schedule a consultation with Dr. Patel if joint pain is accompanied by redness, swelling, intense pain, or a limited range of motion in the affected joint.
Dr. Patel begins your consultation by reviewing your symptoms and the severity of your pain. During a physical examination, he evaluates the affected joint, checking for signs of swelling or discoloration. Dr. Patel assesses your range of motion and conducts joint stability tests. If you have joint pain in your ankle, knee, or hip, Dr. Patel may ask you to walk around to gauge your level of pain and flexibility.
Dr. Patel may order a blood test to identify joint infections or diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, that may be causing your pain. Additional imaging tests, including X-rays, an MRI, or CT scan, can also provide Dr. Patel with the information he needs if tissue or ligament damage is causing your joint pain.
If these methods are effective in determining your diagnosis, Dr. Patel may use arthroscopic surgery to explore your joint and identify the source of your pain and joint dysfunction.
Dr. Patel creates a custom treatment plan based on your diagnosis. In most cases, he aims to preserve your joint and restore its functionality before resorting to surgery if necessary. For conditions like arthritis, a degeneration of joint cartilage, Dr. Patel suggests nonsurgical treatments, such as stem cell therapy, to regenerate the joint tissue and alleviate pain.
For more complex injuries or conditions, Dr. Patel may recommend performing minimally invasive surgeries to repair injured joint tissue, or a joint replacement surgery.
For chronic joint disease, including osteoarthritis, Dr. Patel may suggest surgical intervention to replace the joint in your hip, knee, or shoulder. He may elect to replace the whole joint, or part of the joint, known as partial joint replacement surgery. Dr. Patel uses a high-quality synthetic joint that functions like your natural one.
Joint replacement surgery can alleviate chronic pain and inflammation, improving your flexibility and range of motion.
To learn more, call or schedule an appointment online today.