Nagging Joint Pain? When to See a Doctor

Nagging Joint Pain? When to See a Doctor

Prevention can go a long way when it comes to avoiding injury and strain on your joints, particularly as you get older. Stretching, home exercise routines that build up muscles, maintaining a healthy weight and icing after exercise can all be very beneficial to your joints. Some joint pain is common after rigorous exercise and overuse. But, what happens if that nagging pain won’t go away?

Persistent joint pain at night, at rest or with activity are indicators that you need to make an appointment with one of our doctors at the USC Joint Preservation and Replacement Center. Joint deformity, swelling and pain with walking are all red alarms that indicate that you need to seek medical attention.

Our orthopaedic surgeons provide a comprehensive approach to joint pain including diagnosis, non-operative treatment and surgical intervention. Our surgeons use the latest technology when appropriate, including platelet rich plasma, stem cell therapy, minimally invasive procedures and robotic surgery to speed up your recovery. Jay R. Lieberman, MD, chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, explains that there are simple measures that can be employed — far short of surgery — that can make a world of difference.

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“There are a number of things we can do to help patients. First, they can take anti-inflammatory medications, and we can prescribe physical therapy and a home exercise program — and that’s what we start out with,” he said. “If further treatment is necessary, we may use cortisone injections and platelet rich plasma — and additionally, now there is some interest in using stem cell injections — to reduce inflammation.”