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Joint Pain Specialist

Alpenglow Pain & Wellness -  - Board Certified Interventional Pain Management Physician

Alpenglow Pain & Wellness

Board Certified Interventional Pain Management Physicians & Board Certified Anesthesiologists located in Anchorage, AK

According to the Arthritis Foundation, an estimated 54 million US adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Dr. Nichelle C. Renk, in Anchorage, Alaska, knows that joint pain may be attributed to an underlying condition like arthritis, inflammation, or degenerative disease. She uses modern diagnostic testing methods and provides a variety of effective treatment options to relieve pain, reduce risks, and prevent bone and tissue damage. To schedule an appointment, call to book an appointment.

Joint Pain Q & A

What causes joint pain?

Joint pain is discomfort, inflammation, or pain from any part of your joint, including the bone, ligaments, cartilage, muscles, or tendons. Joint pain often refers to arthritis or arthralgia, that is, inflammation or pain from within the joint.

The pain in your joints can range in severity from mild to severe and inhibit proper functioning and movement. Possible causes of joint pain include:

  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Bone cancer
  • Broken bone
  • Bursitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout
  • Strains and sprains
  • Injury or trauma to the joint

In more severe cases, a broken bone or bone cancer may cause joint pain.

When should I see a doctor about my joint pain?

Joint pain isn’t usually an emergency and many cases can be managed at home, but most men and women value the help of a qualified interventional pain physician like Dr. Renk. If your joint pain impedes your daily life, Dr. Renk can determine the cause and manage and relieve your pain with innovative treatment methods.

You should visit Dr. Renk as soon as you can if you have swelling, redness, tenderness, or warmth around the joint; a fever, or rapid and unexplained weight loss of greater than ten pounds.

If you experience a sudden severe injury or trauma, debilitating pain, an inability to use a joint and joint deformity, you may require immediate emergency care.

What are the treatments for joint pain?

Dr. Renk devises personalized treatment plans once she’s obtained a clear picture of your health and identified the cause of your joint pain with diagnostic testing, such as a physical exam, blood-work, X-rays, or an MRI.

Depending on the cause and location of your joint pain, Dr. Renk might recommend one or more of the following treatments:

  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Braces and physical therapy
  • Pain psychology
  • Acupuncture and other forms of alternative medicine
  • Spinal cord stimulation and cooled radiofrequency treatment
  • Limited use of medications

To help relieve your joint pain at home, you could try resting your joint, applying ice or heat, and stretching the muscles in the area.

If you have an infection, you might need to visit Dr. Renk for prescription antibiotics.

Take care of your musculoskeletal system and relieve your pain with the help of an experienced interventional pain physician. Call the office to book your appointment with Dr. Renk.