Joint Pain Specialist

PremiumHealthcare

Internists & Primary Care Practice located in Crest Hill, IL & Downers Grove, IL

Joint pain can be debilitating and impair your ability to work, play with your kids, or enjoy your favorite recreational activities. The healthcare team at Premium Healthcare diagnoses the root cause of your joint pain symptoms and provides comprehensive treatment plans to restore your optimal health and functioning. If joint pain is keeping you down, start down the road to recovery by calling or using the online booking tool today and schedule an appointment at either the Downers Grove or Crest Hill, Illinois, office.

Joint Pain Q & A

What are common causes of joint pain?

Your joints are part of your body where bones meet. Your joints include your:

  • Hips
  • Shoulders
  • Knees
  • Elbows

There are many different potential causes for joint pain, including:

  • Arthritis (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Gout
  • Infection of a bone
  • Wear and tear
  • Osteoporosis
  • Autoimmune disorders (lupus)
  • Rickets

Some bouts of joint pain result from an illness or injury and are not that serious. However, if you experience prolonged joint pain, you should seek medical attention to get a proper diagnosis.

How do you diagnose joint pain?

The medical professionals at Premium Healthcare perform thorough physical examinations of your joints to see what the problem is. They also ask you questions about your joint pain symptoms, which can help determine the likelihood of common causes.

In some cases, they opt for an additional screening like X-rays or blood tests to get a clearer picture of what is affecting your joints. X-rays help them identify arthritic joint damage, while blood tests can detect autoimmune disorders that often cause joint pain.

How can I limit my risk of joint pain?

Many factors give you a higher risk of developing joint pain, such as:    

  • Older age (particularly, being over 40)
  • Smoking tobacco
  • An unhealthy diet
  • Being overweight

Carrying excess weight can put undue stress on your joints and lead to painful, aching, or sore joints. With that in mind, a key part of limiting your risk of joint pain is maintaining good overall health to make sure you don’t become overweight or obese. Incorporating good habits into your lifestyle like avoiding smoking, a nutritious diet, and regular exercise can go a long way toward keeping your joints healthy and pain-free.

How do you treat joint pain?

Your treatment plan depends on the specifics of your diagnosis. In most cases, your provider will recommend lifestyle modifications to help gradually treat the root health causes of joint pain. That often includes diet and exercise counseling to achieve better overall health and maintenance of a healthy weight.

Your provider may also prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to bring down swelling and inflammation that cause you pain. Your treatment plan is customized to meet your health needs, and frequent follow-up visits to monitor your progress help Premium Healthcare’s providers make adjustments based on how your body responds to treatment.

If you’re experiencing joint pain, call or use the online booking tool today and schedule an appointment at either the Downers Grove or Crest Hill, Illinois, office.