Allay Spine and Pain Management
Douglas Maxey, MD
Pain Management Physician and Anesthesiologist located in McKinney, TX
If you’re one of the millions of Americans who live with joint pain, you need expert treatment to heal your joints and alleviate your pain. At Allay Spine and Pain Management, Douglas Maxey, MD, a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain management physician, provides state-of-the-art treatment for joint pain. Call the office in McKinney, Texas, or make an appointment online today if joint pain interferes with your life.
Joint Pain Q & A
What causes joint pain?
While arthritis – including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout – is one of the most common causes of joint pain, many other injuries and conditions could also be the root cause of your pain, including:
- Ligament injuries
- Cartilage tears
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
Your joint pain could also be due to overuse, skeletal irregularities, or an infection.
When should I talk to a doctor about joint pain?
Minor joint injuries usually go away on their own after a few days of rest and at-home care. However, if your pain persists or gets worse, you should make an appointment with Dr. Maxey. You should never ignore joint pain as your condition could worsen if left untreated.
You should also make an appointment if your joint is swollen, red, or warm to the touch. Dr. Maxey should also examine your joint if you can’t fully flex or extend it or if your pain is so severe that it limits your mobility.
How do you diagnose the cause of joint pain?
Dr. Maxey provides a thorough exam and testing to evaluate your knee pain and diagnose its cause. He reviews your symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history before examining your joint. Dr. Maxey might ask you to bend or extend your joint or perform some movements or stretches.
If necessary, Dr. Maxey might order blood tests to screen for autoimmune disorders as well as diagnostic imaging studies such as X-rays or an MRI. If he suspects a nerve problem, he might order electromyography or nerve conduction studies.
How is joint pain treated?
Dr. Maxey creates a personalized treatment plan to address your joint pain. Depending on your condition, he might prescribe medication, braces, or physical therapy. However, if noninvasive treatments aren’t effective, Dr. Maxey might recommend advanced therapies, such as:
- Joint injections
- Regenerative medicine, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cells
- Radiofrequency treatments
- Nerve blocks
In severe cases, Dr. Maxey might recommend surgery to repair or replace your damaged joint.
If joint pain interferes with your quality of life, call Allay Spine and Pain Management or make an appointment online today.