Joint Pain

Joint pain



All of our body parts are connected to each other by different types of joints. Every day we depend on joints to perform just about any task. From bending to walking to picking up small objects, joints are a very important part of our daily lives. That is why joint health is important. First let’s go over what types of joints are in the body.

Synarthrosis Fibrous Joints are fixed joints composed of collagen fibers. These types of joints can be found in the forearms and at the base of the skull. Another type of joint is a Symphyses Cartilaginous Joint. These joints have limited flexibility and are made of bands of cartilage. They can be found in the spine and ribcage. The last type of joint is the Synovial Joint. These are the most common and allow for the most movement. They are also the most complex.


Synovial Joints can be found throughout the body in dissimilar places to form a cavity that surrounds the area where bones and tissue connect. These types of joints always include a cavity, membrane and lubricating fluid, but may also include other connective tissue such as cartilage, tendon or ligaments. Several classes of joints are synovial. Joints that are gliding, hinge, saddle or form ball and socket structures are all synovial joints. in places like the following:

  • Shoulder
  • Elbow
  • Wrist
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Ankle



As we age, our joints can frequently tell the story of our lives. The complexity of synovial joints can also make it difficult to diagnose the cause of pain. Synovial joints are commonly affected by various types of arthritis described below.

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Gout
  • Idiopathic or Juvenile
  • Lupus
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Psoriatic
  • Reactive (Reiter’s Syndrome)
  • Rheumatoid
  • Septic
  • Temporal


Here is a list of sources and contributors to joint pain

  • Acromegaly
  • Avascular necrosis
  • Bursitis
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Cyst (Ganglion, Popliteal, )
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Dislocation
  • Familial Hypercholesterolemia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fifth Disease
  • Fracture
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Hyperextension
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Lyme Disease
  • MONO or Infectious Mononucleosis
  • Osteomalacia
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Paget’s Disease
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Rheumatic Fever
  • Rickets
  • Sacoidosis
  • Tendinitis
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Ulcerative Colitis



Both the locality and source of your joint pain will factor into treatment options. More often than not, joint pain is manageable and treatable in offices such as we have here at Chicagoland Medical. Talking with a Chicagoland Medical professional as soon as possible may also play a role in the types of treatment options that are available if you are diagnosed with certain types of conditions.

Below is a list of common treatment options for joint pain:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Ultrasound
  • Hot & Cold therapy
  • Lifestyle Counseling
  • Nutrition Advisement
  • Pettibon Therapy
  • Brace or Wrap Support
  • Weight Management
  • Acupuncture
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Surgical Intervention
  • Joint Supplements


Treatment of joint pain with medication is common. Some types of medication you may discuss with your provider are anti-inflammatory, pain, muscle relaxant, topical agents, or injections. The type of medication that is best used in harmony with other treatment strategies is based largely on the individual and their specific treatment goals. To Schedule an appointment with a qualified provider call our scheduling department and book a consultation with us today.

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