Orthopedics And Joint Pain

Family Medical Specialists of Florida, PLC

Family Medicine Clinic located in Plant City, FL

When you have pain associated with your joints and back, it can significantly impact your mobility and overall sense of wellness. The medical team at Family Medical Specialists of Florida, PLC is committed to the long-term management of your joint and back pain through joint injections, narcotic, and non-narcotic pain medications, and other treatments. For relief of your pain, call or book an appointment online for their office in Plant City, Florida.

Orthopedics and Joint Pain Q & A

What is the musculoskeletal system?

The musculoskeletal system provides support, structure, protection, movement, and mobility for the body. It is made up of a fully integrated system of:

  • Bones
  • Muscles
  • Joints
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons
  • Cartilage
  • Connective tissue

The spine is the central structural support for the body, and all bones and joints connect to it directly or indirectly. The spine and the bones directly connected to it are responsible for protecting the body’s most vital organs, including the spinal cord, brain, and heart.  

The musculoskeletal system works together to create effective movement and mobility through a coordinated effort between the bones, joints, and skeletal muscles. When there is injury to any part of this system, it can create stress and damage to other parts of the highly integrated system.

Joint and back pain can significantly affect movement and mobility of the body, which can impact your long-term health.

What causes joint pain?

Joint pain is the most common complaint related to the musculoskeletal system, and refers to inflammation, pain or discomfort arising from any joint of the body. Joint pain can be mild and intermittent, or severe and debilitating.

There are many possible causes for joint pain. The most common cause is arthritis, which is inflammation of the tissues of the joint.

Other common causes of joint include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sprains or fractures
  • Dislocation
  • Tendonitis
  • Ligament tears or rupture

Long-term pain management may include knee and shoulder joint injections, narcotic and non-narcotic medications, corticosteroid therapy, physical therapy referrals, and nutritional counseling.

What causes back pain?

The upper, middle and lower spine, shoulders, hips, and pelvis, as well as their associated muscles, tendons, and ligaments make up a complex system called the back. Back pain usually refers to pain that originates in the back of the body and can extend from the neck to the buttocks.

Back pain can be caused by:

  • Strained muscles or ligaments
  • Muscle spasms
  • Muscle tension
  • Damaged vertebral discs
  • Fractured bones

Activities like sports, heavy lifting, and improper posture can increase risk for back damage and pain. Treatments may include shoulder injections; narcotic and non-narcotic pain medications, physical therapy referrals, and steroid therapy.

The medical team at Family Medical Specialists of Florida, PLC is committed to helping you find relief from your joint or back pain.

For your personalized plan for pain relief, call or book your appointment online today.

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