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You were prescribed Diet and Exercise to reduce Joint Pain: But you’re in too much pain to move? So, what’s next?

March 22, 2021
Diet and Exercise

One way to ease joint pain is to lose weight and exercise. But let’s face it – if it hurts to move, it’s hard to want to exercise, let alone actually get moving. Diet and exercise are often prescribed by physicians to help lose weight and reduce pain. If you’re in so much pain you can’t move, this can seem like an insurmountable task.

In fact, it can even be depressing, which only further contributes to your discomfort. Feelings of depression make it even harder to get started and may lead to consuming too much food and alcohol, as well as other issues. It’s a vicious cycle and some health providers prescribe medication. But medications often simply mask the problem, and many have side effects or are addictive. Just take a look at the opioid crisis as an example.

At Direct Orthopedic Care, we understand the physical and psychological effects of persistent pain. Through interventional pain management, we get to the root of the problem to offer relief and help increase your stamina and activity. Our Pain Management team has helped thousands of chronic pain sufferers to break the cycle of being unable to do prescribed activity due to joint pain, when it could ultimately lead to better mobility.


How Do You Break the Cycle of Moving for Joint Pain and Increasing Pain From Movement?

Advancements in medicine give new, effective options for managing chronic joint pain. There are several therapies to help you break away from a vicious cycle and enjoy the freedom of movement pain-free. Discovering the root cause of the pain is key and then coming up with a plan for pain management, so that you can begin to take steps to bring activity back into your life. Minimally invasive procedures can help. Here are just a few options:


  • Cortisone Injection Therapy: Cortisone shots help alleviate inflammation and pain from arthritis, in both inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.


  • Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Injection Therapy: Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occuring hydrator / lubricator in the body. Too little of it in the joint can lead to pain. This therapy is particularly promising for those suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee.


  • Minimally Invasive Therapies: These procedures are a vital part of interventional pain management. Therapies address a wide array of conditions from chronic pain (including back and neck issues) to arthritis, joint dysfunction and inflammatory diseases.  Learn more in the   DOC Knowledge Center.


  • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections: This revolutionary treatment option utilizes platelet rich plasma extracted from your own blood. Rich in growth factors, PRP injections may help reduce joint pain caused by osteoarthritis.


  • Physical Therapy (PT): Physical therapy can help increase mobility and range of motion, reduce pain, and help slow down joint degeneration.


The Best Approach Is a Personalized Treatment Plan That Factors in Your Condition, Range of Motion, and Other Considerations

Finding a medical professional who specializes in pain management who works with you to customize a treatment plan is essential. Each DOC guest is unique with unique pain, range of motion, and health history. Our pain management specialists work with you to identify the cause of the pain, work on a specialized treatment plan to control pain, work on rehabilitation, and return you to a more active lifestyle.


DOC Offers Custom Treatment Plans to Help You Enjoy Activity Free from the Limitations of Persistent Pain

At Direct Orthopedic Care (DOC), we take a multidisciplinary approach to your pain through interventional pain management. This allows us to diagnose the cause(s) of your pain with precision through a comprehensive physical examination and leading-edge diagnostic methods. Then, we utilize a combination of therapies which may include options from the list above, as well as non-opioid pharmaceuticals. Taking a more holistic approach, we also address the psychological effects of pain to help you truly be able to enjoy life.

See why so many people are choosing Direct Orthopedic Care for pain management. At DOC, we take the time to get to know and understand each patient and your needs for treatment to get you back to living your best, most productive life. Make an appointment today with a Direct Orthopedic Care interventional pain management specialist to discuss your pain and the best treatments to provide relief. Call us today at 855-898-2655. For more information on the cost of care, click here.

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