Texas Star Pain & Spine
Gonzalo Gonzales, DO
Pain Management Specialist & Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician located in Plano, TX
The chronic joint pain caused by conditions like arthritis can negatively affect your quality of life. Gonzalo Gonzales, Jr., MD, at Texas Clinic Pain & Spine in Plano, Texas, offers the highest-quality, noninvasive and interventional pain management solutions available to ease your symptoms and help restore your mobility. Find relief for your joint pain by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online today.
Joint Pain Q & A
How do joints work?
When two bones come together in your body, they form a joint. There are different types of joints that allow for different types of movement. Some joints, like the knee, move freely while others don’t move at all, such as the connection between your teeth and jawbone.
Joints can be made of different materials. Fibrous joints contain tough collagen fibers, and cartilaginous joints hold bones together with thick bands of cartilage. Synovial joints are the most common kind in your body.
Synovial joints have fluid-filled spaces between the smooth cartilage pads cushioning the ends of bones. The joint is surrounded by dense connective tissue lined with a synovial membrane. This membrane lubricates the joint to reduce wear and tear.
What causes joint pain?
Joint pain occurs when there is damage or injury to your joint. It can affect any joint in your body, and the pain can vary in severity. Some common causes of joint pain include:
- Injury or overuse
When left untreated, joint pain can limit your mobility and negatively affect your quality of life.
How is joint pain treated?
As a pain management specialist, Dr. Gonzales offers top-quality, noninvasive solutions to ease your symptoms. Following a thorough physical examination to determine the cause of your joint pain, Dr. Gonzales might recommend physical therapy, lifestyle modifications, or medications to manage your condition.
Dr. Gonzales also offers specialty interventional pain relief services designed to treat joint pain, including:
Dr. Gonzales performs joint injections to deliver anesthesia and anti-inflammatory medications directly to the site of your pain. In some cases, injections require imaging guidance for additional precision; these are called intra-articular (IA) injections.
In addition to injecting medication into the joint, Dr. Gonzales also performs aspirations to remove fluid from swollen joints.
Radiofrequency ablation, or rhizotomy, is an injection that relieves facet joint or sacroiliac joint pain using heat. During this nonsurgical treatment, Dr. Gonzales targets the nerve cells carrying pain signals to your brain. Targeting the nerves eliminates pain, but muscle function and sensation aren’t impaired.
For treatments that relieve your joint pain and restore your mobility, call Texas Clinic Pain & Spine or click the button here on the website to schedule an appointment online.