Joint Pain Specialist

Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain

Board Certified Anesthesiologists and Pain Management Specialists located in Anderson, Greenville, Spartanburg, and West Columbia, SC and Asheville and Gastonia, NC

Joint pain can occur anywhere in your body where two bones come together, including your spine. At the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain, the skilled doctors offer the most advanced pain management treatments available to relieve joint pain. With six locations in North and South Carolina to choose from, it’s easy to find pain relief near you. If you’re experiencing joint pain, whether from an injury or a degenerative disease like arthritis, call or book an appointment online today.

Joint Pain Q & A

What is joint pain?

When two bones come together in your body, they form a joint. Some joints are held securely in place with fibrous connective tissue, while others move smoothly because of cartilage. You have joints in obvious places like your elbows, knees, and ankles, but you also have joints in your skull and spine.

Joint pain can develop for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Gout
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

When joint pain occurs in your back, however, it’s often due to facet joint syndrome.

What is facet joint syndrome?

Your facet joints connect two vertebrae in your back. These joints create flexibility in your spine so you can twist and bend. Facet joint syndrome is osteoarthritis in your spine. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint condition where your cartilage wears away. This reduction in cartilage allows your bones to rub against each other.

When you have facet joint syndrome, you may experience a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Discomfort when leaning backward
  • Challenges rising from a chair
  • Difficulty turning, bending, or straightening your spine
  • Pain, numbness, or muscle weakness in areas of your body associated with the affected joint

Facet joint syndrome can affect any part of your spine.

How is joint pain diagnosed?

Your experienced doctor at the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain provides comprehensive diagnostic care to identify the cause of your joint pain.

In addition to a full medical examination that includes a review of your personal history, they might request additional tests. The Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain offers a full range of on-site testing like X-rays, MRIs, neuropsychological exams, and electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies.

How is joint pain treated?

Based on the source of your joint pain, your doctor might suggest a variety of treatments, such as:

  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic injections

The Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain also provides spinal cord stimulation therapy. During this treatment, a small device introduces mild electrical stimulation to block or change nerve activity before it reaches your brain. If your joint pain doesn’t respond to conservative treatments, your doctor might recommend surgery.

To find out how the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain can relieve your joint pain, call or book an appointment online.