Joint, Tendon and Ligament Problems
Are you suffering from pain in your joints? Many times this pain may be due to tendon and ligament weakness and laxity eventually leading to loss of cartilage inside the joints. Problems that may start within a tendon or ligament, if left uncorrected, can eventually result in irreversible osteoarthritic changes of the joint. Learn more about what could be causing your joint pain…
What are tendons and ligaments, and how do they cause pain?
Tendons are the fibrous ends of muscles that attach to bones. Ligaments are bands of connective tissue that hold the joints together. Ligaments originate in one bone and end in another bone. Due to injury or overuse tendons and ligaments may develop chronic inflammation causing pain. Over time tendons and ligaments can become weak and lax, and like overstretched rubber bands they fail to provide needed stability to joints. Without proper stabilizing tendons and ligaments, joints become hypermobile, leading to chronic inflammation and damage to cartilage, resulting in joint arthritis and pain.
What are the symptoms of joint, tendon, and ligament pain?
Pain can be localized to a small area or referred to other location. It can present as neck, pain, low back pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, wrist/hand pain, foot/ankle pain, knee pain, hip pain, or pelvic pain. It can be associated with stiffness and muscles spasms. It can also be associated with headaches, fatigue, and numbness. Sometimes, pain that is felt in the joints is really referred pain from the neck or low back or pain caused by irritated nerves.
Careful medical history taking and a thorough physical examination are the cornerstones of making an accurate diagnosis of the origin of joint, tendon, and ligament pain. Imaging studies such as x-rays, MRI, CT scan can be deceiving, as many times these studies are normal in painful joints, and other timesor can be grossly abnormal in asymptomatic joints.
How can joint, tendon, and ligament pain be treated?
While tendons and ligaments are frequently involved in painful conditions, they are commonly overlooked when treating chronic pain.
Regenerative treatment is usually the treatment of choice for joint, tendon, and ligament pain since it can treat the source of the problem reducing or eliminating the pain. This is accomplished by promoting natural healing of the connective tissue permanently strengthening of tendons and ligaments. Two forms of regenerative treatment are Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). Physical therapy can also be used as an adjunt treatment. This physical therapy includes exercise programs for stretching and strengthening of the affected areas. Oral medications, and nutritional supplementation may also be of benefit.
Some common types of joint, tendon, and ligament painful conditions we treat:
- Shoulder tendonitis
- Shoulder osteoarthritis
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
- Hip osteoarthritis
- Knee osteoarthritis
- Plantar fasciitis (heel spurs)
- Sports injuries
Grana Physical Medicine offers the most comprehensive selection of safe, effective, non-surgical treatment options to help you alleviate your pain so you can live your life again.