Joint pain can often come and go, but if it’s prolonged, a specialist should be consulted. Dr. Stephanie Stephens, an orthopedic surgeon at Medical City Arlington, says there are three signs to look for. They are:
- Pain that lingers for more than a few days
- Pain that is associated with swelling, or catching and locking, or instability
- After experiencing a trauma, like slipping on the stairs, pain that just won’t go away
Here are some recommendations for the initial treatment of joint pain:
- Use ice for more acute pain
- Use heat for more chronic or muscle pain
- Take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain reliever
If these recommendations don’t provide some relief for your pain, make an appointment with an orthopedic specialist.
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