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Joint Pain Specialist

Kokoro Health & Wellness

Primary Care Providers located in Addison, Dallas, TX

Joint pain alters your ability to function, effectively diminishing your quality of life. At Kokoro Health & Wellness in Dallas, Texas, Ronald Lester, MD, and Judith Erickson, MD, provide nonsurgical pain relief for patients suffering from joint pain in areas like the knees, shoulders, and hips. Set up your appointment to assess and treat joint pain by calling the office or using online booking.

Joint Pain Q&A

What characterizes joint pain?

Joint pain varies in severity and can show up in a few different ways, including:

  • Inflammation characterized by swelling and stiffness
  • A dull ache or throbbing
  • Stabbing pain that only occurs with certain movements

Numbness and weakness in the joint and the surrounding area may also occur. Joint pain compromises your ability to function. You may find daily activities like cleaning the house or putting away groceries are painful. Joint pain can also interfere with activities you enjoy, like tennis, jogging, hiking, and painting.

What causes joint pain?

While joint pain may be due to an innumerable number of issues, the primary contributors are:

  • Joint diseases, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Fractures or dislocations
  • Sports injuries
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Gout
  • Lyme disease

The providers at Kokoro Health & Wellness consider all the possible causes of your joint pain when making a diagnosis.

How is joint pain diagnosed?

If you experienced a sports injury or other incident, it’s an obvious cause of your pain. But if your joint pain develops without an injury, you’ll undergo a complete examination of your joint along with a review of your medical history and your exact symptoms. Diagnosis may require advanced imaging with an MRI or X-rays.

How is joint pain treated?

Your treatment is based on the suspected cause of your joint pain. The practitioners at Kokoro Health & Wellness favor nonsurgical therapy programs to alleviate pain and help you heal.

Your doctor may recommend pain medications, movement modifications, and physical therapy to help ease joint pain. You may also benefit from viscosupplementation treatments to reduce friction and increase mobility in your joints.

Viscosupplementation involves injections of hyaluronic acid, a natural gel-like substance, into affected joints. The injections lubricate stiff joints where cartilage has worn away, reducing pain and stiffness.

Hyaluronic acid is completely safe, as your body already produces the substance. As joints age though, they have less of this hydrating substance. Restoring hyaluronic acid levels rejuvenates the joint to improve function and reduce pain.

Find relief from joint pain by consulting with the specialists at Kokoro Health & Wellness. Call for an appointment or use the online tool to schedule.