Joint Pain Specialist

University Pain Medicine Center  -  - Interventional Pain Management Physician

University Pain Medicine Center

Interventional Pain Management Physician & Rehabilitation Specialists located in Somerset, NJ & Monroe Township, NJ

At the University Pain Medicine Center, with offices in Englewood Cliffs, Monroe Township, Clark, Freehold, and Somerset, New Jersey, the pain management specialists offer comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for chronic joint pain stemming from arthritis, an injury, or another degenerative condition. Customized care plans focus on easing pain and restoring function in your joint. Call the University Pain Medicine Center nearest you or request an appointment online today.

Joint Pain Q&A

What causes joint pain?

Your joints allow you to move your body in a variety of ways, so you can stay physically active. Joints consist of bones, muscles, tendons, and other tissues that work together with every move you make.

When you injure a joint, your joint may not function as it should, and any damage can lead to persistent pain. You may also develop chronic joint pain due to an underlying degenerative condition, like arthritis, that causes the joint structures to break down or wear out.

While you can develop pain in any of your joints, pain in your hips, knees, and shoulders often interferes with your ability to stay mobile and physically active. If you’re not able to work or engage in other activities because of chronic joint pain, you should schedule a consultation with the pain management specialists at the University Pain Medicine Center as soon as possible.

How is joint pain diagnosed?

During an evaluation of your joint, your University Pain Medicine Center doctor takes time to review your personal and family medical history and physically examine the painful joint.

As part of the exam, your physician can identify areas of swelling, tenderness, and redness that might pinpoint the underlying cause of your pain. To confirm or rule out arthritis or another degenerative joint condition, you may need X-rays or other imaging tests.

How is joint pain treated?

The University Pain Medicine Center specialists provide a variety of non-surgical therapies and surgical treatments to ease chronic pain and increase the range of motion in your joint:

Medication and injections

Initially, you may benefit from oral medications or injections that deliver pain relievers and anti-inflammatories directly into your joint. These treatments can make it easier for you to participate in physical therapy to strengthen the muscles that support your joint.

Regenerative medicine

When joint pain is severe, the University Pain Medicine Center providers may recommend regenerative medicine therapies. These therapies use injections of stem cells or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to promote healthy tissue growth to repair damaged joint tissues and relieve pain. Prolotherapy is also available.

Viscosupplementation

Viscosupplementation involves injections of a thick hyaluronate fluid to lubricate your joints and improve mobility. 

You may also benefit from:

  • Physical therapy
  • Cold laser therapy
  • Nerve ablation
  • Lifestyle changes

The University Pain Medicine Center team tailors your treatment plan to your specific needs. In the event you need surgery, they also offer services to manage your post-surgical pain and monitor your recovery.

You don’t have to live with chronic joint pain from an injury or underlying disease. Call the University Pain Medicine Center nearest you or request an appointment online today.