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Joint Pain Specialist

Diagnostic Pain & Treatment Center

Raka Gohel, MD

Pain Management Physician located in Tomball, TX & The Woodlands, TX

While arthritis is the most common cause of joint pain, your pain could be due to a wide range of factors. Raka Gohel, MD, a double board-certified pain management expert and anesthesiologist, offers customized treatments to relieve joint pain at Diagnostic Pain & Treatment Center in Tomball and The Woodlands, Texas. Don’t let joint pain interfere with your life. Call or schedule a consultation online today.

Joint Pain Q & A

What are the causes of joint pain?

Arthritis, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, is the most common cause of joint pain. Arthritis causes inflammation, pain, and swelling in your joint that limits your mobility and can severely disrupt your life.

Other causes of joint pain include:

  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Lupus
  • Infections
  • Osteoporosis
  • Overuse
  • Traumatic injury
  • Fractures

You may also have joint pain from strains or sprains in the muscles and connective tissue that surround your joint. For example, tightness in your quadriceps, hamstrings, or iliotibial (IT) band could put abnormal pressure on your knee, causing pain and instability.

When should I talk to a doctor about my joint pain?

You should contact Dr. Gohel about your joint pain if it interferes with your mobility and regular activities. For example, if you have pain that lasts for more than a couple of days and doesn’t subside with rest, over-the-counter pain relievers, and hot and cold compresses, you may need professional medical attention.

You should also make an appointment if you have joint pain that’s accompanied by any weakness, numbness, or tingling. Similarly, if you’ve sustained a traumatic injury or have extreme swelling or deformities in a joint, you should make an appointment right away.

How is the cause of joint pain diagnosed?

Dr. Gohel needs to identify the cause of your joint pain so she can create an effective treatment plan. She provides a thorough physical exam to assess your pain and asks questions about your symptoms.

Dr. Gohel may also use diagnostic imaging services such as X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, and ultrasounds to collect more details about your knee pain.

How is joint pain treated?

After your diagnosis, Dr. Gohel creates a customized treatment plan to relieve your pain and get you back to your regular activities. Your joint pain management program may include a variety of treatments to provide effective relief including:

  • Medication
  • Immobilization
  • Steroid injections
  • Epidural and facet joint injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Ultrasound and laser treatments
  • Surgery

Your weight can make joint pain worse. You may find that losing weight reduces the pressure on your joints and alleviates your pain. Also, exercise can strengthen the muscles that support your joints and increase your flexibility, which can also reduce your pain.

Call Diagnostic Pain & Treatment Center or schedule a consultation online today for customized pain management treatments for joint pain.