Joint Pain Specialist

Riverview Pain and Spine Institute

Dinash Yanamadula, MD, FAAPMR, FAAPM

Pain Management Specialist & Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinic located in Edgewater, NJ

Dr. Dinash Yanamadula is a board certified physician specializing in pain management involving the joints and other areas of the body. At Riverview Pain & Spine Institute, the doctor and his staff serve the residents of Edgewater, New Jersey and its neighboring communities.

Joint Pain Q & A

What Exactly Is Joint Pain?

A joint is an area in the body where two bones are connected, usually by fibrous tissue and cartilage. Joints allow for movement and function, and there are many throughout the body, ranging from those that barely move (such as joints in the sutures of the skull) to those that move in many different directions (such as shoulders, ankles, hips, and spinal facet joints).

What Are the Most Common Causes of Joint Pain?

Joint pain is discomfort or inflammation that arises from any part of a joint, including cartilage, bone, ligaments, tendons, or muscles. This can occur as a result of disease/conditions, injury, or wear and tear from overuse. Among the most common specific causes of joint pain are:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Broken bones
  • Dislocations
  • Bursitis - a painful condition that affects the small, fluid-filled sacs (called bursa) that cushion the bones, tendons and muscles near the joints. This occurs most often in the shoulder, elbow, and hip.
  • Tendinitis
  • Arthritis - a label for the more than 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints, the tissues which surround joints and other connective tissue.
  • Ankylosing spondylitis - an inflammatory disease that can cause some of the vertebrae in your spine to fuse together.
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Lyme disease

How Does Dr. Yanamadula Treat Joint Pain?

All pain management programs at Riverview Pain & Spine Institute are individualized. Dr. Yanamadula will start with a comprehensive examination and take a detailed medical history of each patient before devising a personalized treatment regime, which can include multiple approaches. Among those frequently used to relieve joint pain are:

  • Joint injections, including epidurals, facet joint blocks, and visco-supplementation, in which a thick, gel-like medication is injected into the space in the knee joint to replace or supplement the knee’s decreased synovial fluid.
  • Medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections

What Is Carpal Tunnel?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is the name given to a condition that affects the wrist joint. The carpal tunnel is an opening that travels from the forearm through the wrist and encases the nerves involved with the hand. Excessive repetitive use and general wear and tear can cause the tunnel to begin to narrow placing pressure on the nerves. This can cause numbness and tingling in the hand and fingers. Over time, the tunnel can become so narrow that it begins to damage the nerves, resulting in inflammation and pain. Exercising the joint and stretching the fingers and hand can help reduce the pressure on the nerves and relieve a portion of the pain and discomfort.

How Does Repetitive Motion Effect a Joint?

When a person performs the same movements over and over for an extended period of time, it can cause specific wear patterns within the joint. If the patterns continue to become more pronounced, it can place stress on the ligaments and tendons associated with the joint. This is commonly referred to as tendonitis. Pitcher's elbow is a good example of this type of injury. Once the ligaments, tendons, and nerves begin to be affected, inflammation can set in reducing mobility and range of motion. Physical therapy is often used to help reduce the pain and discomfort of repetitive motion injuries.

How Is Tendonitis Treated?

In addition to the use of anti-inflammatory pain medications, the most common treatment for tendonitis is the RICE method. RICE stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. The joint should be rested for several hours a day and iced with an ice pack or other types of cooling method. Wrapping the area with a compression bandage will help to control inflammation and stabilize the joint. The final step is to keep the joint elevated. Tendonitis and injuries that are similar in nature will require time to heal. When possible, learning to adapt your movements to break the repetitive pattern is also recommended.

Major Insurances Accepted

At Riverview Pain and Spine, we accept most major insurance plans. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

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