Joint Pain and Arthritis
Joint pain is common and becoming more prevalent due to our ageing population. Joint pain can affect any part of the body and is often associated with significant functional impairment that can impact your lifestyle.
Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of joint pain. Osteoarthritis pain is a complex form of pain associated with peripheral neuropathic pain, central sensitisation, and localised inflammation. The degree of pain is often not correlated with the pathology or degeneration seen on scans.
Possible causes of joint pain include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Tendinosis or Tendonitis
- Sprains and strains
- Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Localised pain and inflammation
- Nerve pain
- Stiffness and reduced mobility or function
- Joint tenderness or redness
- Medication – osteoarthritic pain medications can be particularly effective
- Physical therapy – including stretching and exercise, lifestyle modifications
- Genicular nerve procedures – knee pain
- Obturator and femoral nerve procedures – hip pain
- Suprascapular nerve procedures – shoulder pain DRG stimulation
- Spinal cord stimulation
- Some cases of joint pain may be due to systemic illnesses and require referral to and coordination with other specialties including rheumatology or rehabilitation medicine
QPain are actively involved in ongoing research and multi-centre clinical trials to ensure priority access to the latest therapies for our patients. We are at the forefront of advanced technology, including Spinal Cord Stimulation and Regenerative therapy, in the treatment of chronic pain.
People with arthritis or a rheumatic condition lose more workdays every year due to illness or injury than adults with any other medical condition.
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“It’s vital to work with a physician who specialises in pain medicine to help identify the source of your pain and develop the best method of treatment.”
Dr Frank Thomas