Raleigh A. Smith, MD, FACS
General Surgeon & Medical Aesthetics Specialist located in Aransas Pass, TX
Joint pain can significantly hinder your quality of life and prevent you from doing the activities you once loved. If you have chronic pain in your joints, you don’t have to suffer. Raleigh A. Smith, MD, FACS, can help alleviate your joint pain at his self-titled practice in Aransas Pass, Texas, so you can lead the high quality of life you deserve. Call Dr. Smith’s office today, or book an appointment online.
What are the symptoms of joint pain?
Pain in your joints can be mild to very uncomfortable. You might experience:
- Pain with movement
- Dull, aching pain or sharp pain
- A feeling of warmth
Talk with Dr. Smith about your symptoms, and he’ll help you find the root cause of your joint pain.
What causes joint pain?
Numerous health conditions or injuries can cause joint pain, including:
- Rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis
- Tendinitis or bursitis, which is inflammation in the joints
- Weak or fractured bones
- Joint dislocation
- Sprains or strains
- Rickets, which is a disorder caused by nutrient deficiencies
Dr. Smith will go over your medical history, complete a thorough examination, and may order imaging tests to determine what’s causing your joint pain. He’ll then go over advanced, up-to-date treatment options with you.
How is joint pain treated?
Dr. Smith treats joint pain using a variety of strategies based on your individualized needs and what you’re most comfortable with. Treatment options may include:
The first line of defense in caring for your joint pain may include taking over-the-counter pain relievers, resting your joints, icing the affected area, or applying a heating pad. If these self-care strategies aren’t working, Dr. Smith may recommend other treatments to ease pain.
Pain medications or injections
Taking pain medications or receiving injections for pain may improve your quality of life. However, Dr. Smith’s ultimate goal will be to treat the root cause.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy
Platelet-rich plasma therapy uses platelet-rich components in your blood to regenerate cells in your body. Dr. Smith takes a blood sample from you, spins the blood in a centrifuge to separate the platelets in the plasma, and injects the platelets into the affected joints. This helps enhance healing and alleviate pain.
In cases of severe joint pain, Dr. Smith may recommend surgery to ease pain or repair injuries. Serious sports-related injuries, such as fractures and tears, often require surgical repair to restore injured joints
When you’re ready to find a solution for debilitating joint pain, call Dr. Smith’s office or book an appointment online.