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Joint Pain Specialist

Apex Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

John H. Bissell, MD

Physiatrist and Pain Management Physician located in Colorado Springs, CO

Joint pain can affect one or two joints due to an acute injury or overuse, or it might be widespread and chronically disabling. If you have persistent joint pain issues, quadruple board-certified pain management physician John Bissell, MD, of Apex Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Colorado Springs, Colorado, can help. Dr. Bissell offers a range of cutting-edge treatments to help resolve or reduce joint pain, including steroid injections, ketamine infusions, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. To find out more, schedule an appointment with Apex Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation by phone or book online today.

Joint Pain Q&A

What causes joint pain?

Joints are often a hotspot for pain due to their function and the stresses and strains they have to endure. The continual movement of certain joints can lead to tissue degeneration and the development of osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is one of the leading causes of widespread, chronic joint pain, but more than 100 other forms of arthritis are also responsible for various types of joint pain and stiffness. 

Rheumatoid arthritis, gout, psoriatic arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, and septic arthritis are some of the more common ones.

Overuse injuries like bursitis can also lead to chronic joint pain.

Sports injuries are another frequent reason for having joint pain, with sprained ligaments, torn cartilage, and strained tendons being the main issues. You could also fracture or dislocate the bones in your joints.

How should I manage joint pain?

The treatment that your joint pain requires depends on its source. Acute joint pain from a fall or sports injury could benefit from rest, strapping, use of hot and cold compresses, and over-the-counter pain relief.

Chronic joint pain from arthritis or bursitis could also benefit from rest, medication, and hot and cold treatments. You should avoid immobility, though, as it makes arthritic joints even stiffer.

If you have chronic joint pain, severe joint pain, or mild joint pain that isn't improving, contact Apex Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for advice.

To prepare the optimal treatment plan, Dr. Bissell assesses your joints and discusses your symptoms with you. He might need to perform X-rays, blood tests, or other diagnostic techniques to determine the cause of your joint pain and see the severity of the damage.

What treatments are available for joint pain?

Physical therapy is likely to play a significant role in your recovery from joint pain. Stretching and strengthening exercises help rebuild muscles that support the joint and stop it from stiffening.

You might benefit from prescription medication like low-dose opioids, or specialist medicines like disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) for conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. Injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can help to boost your body's healing abilities.

Steroid injections into the joint and nerve blocks might be useful for persistent joint pain. Dr. Bissell is an expert in the use of ketamine infusions for treating pain.

One of the primary stresses on joints is being overweight or obese, so following a healthy weight loss plan can make a significant difference to joint pain.

Find the relief you need from disabling joint pain by scheduling an appointment with Apex Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation by phone or online today.