Joint Pain Specialist

Center for Pain Management and Rehab -  - Pain & Regenerative Medicine

Center for Pain Management and Rehab

Pain & Regenerative Medicine & Sports Medicine located in Peoria, IL

Your knees and shoulders are most likely to cause joint pain, but every joint is susceptible to soft tissue injuries and inflammatory conditions. At the Center for Pain Management and Rehab in Peoria, Illinois, Yibing Li, MD, uses advanced musculoskeletal ultrasound to diagnose joint problems and create integrative treatment plans that include regenerative medicine, physical therapy, and interventional procedures. To schedule an appointment, call or use the online booking system today.

Joint Pain Q & A

What causes joint pain?

Joint pain, called arthralgia, often begins inside the joint. If the pain is accompanied by joint inflammation, you have arthritis. You can also develop joint pain when the tendons, ligaments, and muscles supporting the joint are damaged. 

The most common causes of joint pain include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Post-traumatic arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Injuries (sprains, strains, and fractures)
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Tennis elbow

Without treatment, these conditions get progressively worse, often needing joint replacement. You can prevent or delay surgery with regenerative treatments.

How do specialists diagnose joint pain?

The Center for Pain Management and Rehab performs diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound in the office. Ultrasound is noninvasive, doesn’t expose you to ionizing radiation, and it reveals inflammation and soft tissue injuries that aren’t visible on other types of diagnostic imaging.

Your provider also uses musculoskeletal ultrasound when performing joint injections. Ultrasound produces images in real time, allowing them to see the needle as it moves toward the targeted tissues. 

Why does joint pain often affect knees and shoulders?

Your knees support your body weight while constantly moving, a combination that makes them susceptible to tissue damage and osteoarthritis.

In your shoulder, a group of four muscles called the rotator cuff hold your arm in the shoulder socket and stabilize the joint. These muscles are easily injured as they endure your arm’s daily, repetitive movements.

Dr. Li actively studies the effectiveness of regenerative medicine for rotator cuff injuries and joint pain due to arthritis in the knees (as well as the hips and ankles). 

How is joint pain treated?

Joint pain responds well to a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates regenerative medicine, interventional medicine, and physical therapy.

These are a few examples of the regenerative treatments you may receive:

  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) injections
  • Adult bone marrow stem cell therapy
  • Prolotherapy

These therapies accelerate the healing response and regenerate new cells to repair damaged tissues and rebuild new tissues. Regenerative treatments are especially beneficial for joint pain because they trigger the production of collagen, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage.

You may also receive a trigger point injection or interventional treatments such as steroid injections and radiofrequency ablation.

You can get relief from joint pain at the Center for Pain Management and Rehab. To schedule an appointment, call or use the online booking feature today.

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