Joint pain that isn’t related to neck or back pain can take the form of shoulder, elbow, or knee pain. This pain can severely affect your day-to-day activities and make it hard to move or walk.
Some symptoms for shoulder pain can include pain and/or weakness in the arm, a feeling of looseness, and severe pain in the shoulder itself. For elbow pain, be aware of pain and numbness in the hand, ring finger, and little finger or recurrent painful clicking, snapping, clucking, or locking of the elbow. Knee pain can have symptoms such as numbness, tingling or a pins-and-needles feeling in the knee, skin that is pale, white, or blue, or feels colder than the skin on the limb that is not hurt. Additionally, not being able to move the limb normally because of weakness—not just pain—is another indicator of knee pain.
Common causes of shoulder/elbow/knee pain are arthritis, inflammation of the tendons (tendinitis), inflammation of the bursa (bursitis), or even a tear of a supporting structure such as the rotator cuff or a ligament. Some other causes include shoulder instability and dislocation (when the muscles and ligaments of the shoulder are torn or stretched beyond their normal limits by athletic activities, a fall onto an outstretched hand or violent twisting), shoulder separation or sprain (when the ligaments are torn, or partially torn, away from the bone) or osteoarthritis (a chronic degeneration of the cartilage and membrane of the joint that leads to pain and stiffness when the bones rub together).
An x-ray or MRI may be necessary in order to further evaluate the source of your shoulder/elbow/knee pain. Non-surgical treatment options include a peripheral joint injection that places a strong anti-inflammatory into the joint itself to decrease pain and irritation. Physical therapy may also be necessary in combination with the nonsurgical treatment.
Non-Surgical Spine Center was established with the mission of providing patients and clinicians a non-surgical alternative in the treatment of spine and musculoskeletal pain. Utilizing the most current and innovative diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, our group offers patients a multitude of options for improving daily function and quality of life while significantly decreasing levels of pain. If you are experiencing hip pain, feel free to contact our office at 843-856-9669 or at our contact page.
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