Joint pain is experienced by most people at some point in their lives. ORA Total Joint Replacement Surgeon, Dr. Ryan Pokorney, says he treats patients ranging in age from their teens to their senior years, who have joint pain severe enough to warrant a doctor’s visit.
Dr. Pokorney explains that joint pain is usually caused by the following common sources:
- Osteoarthritis: wear and tear of the joint over time that causes pain and irritation
- Tendonitis and bursitis: Repetitive activities can cause nagging pain of the bursa or tendon from injury or arthritis
- Tears in the joints: Labral tears in the hip or meniscal tears in the knees caused by injury or the shape of the joint that causes repetitive injury over years. Rotator cuff injuries are common in the shoulder.
- Other injuries such as back or hernia injuries can cause pain in nearby joints.
Depending on your age or reason for the pain, treatments can vary.
Watch Dr. Pokorney explain the various causes of joint pain, their symptoms, and potential treatment options.
How do you know if it’s time to see a physician? Dr. Pokorney says if the pain does not subside within a few days, or if the pain keeps you awake at night, or restricts your ability to work or enjoy your favorite activities, it’s time to see a physician.
Dr. Pokorney adds that, overall, it’s better to see a physician earlier in the process, rather than putting off a visit because there are more options for joint pain treatment, depending on the cause and a patient’s age.