Pain from Musculoskeletal Injury or Degeneration
Pain from Injury
Pain is a warning system. It will warn your brain to change behavior when there has been damage to a part of the body that requires protection. The damage that elicits pain perception can occur from outside forces causing injury—a torn knee cartilage from playing too much tennis, or falling on the ski slope.
Pain from Degeneration
The natural process of aging leads to the deterioration of our bodies. Of course, we all want to function at a high level in a pain-free state—even as we get older. Unfortunately, we may experience pain as part of the human aging process. The key is finding ways of managing pain and maintaining function as long as possible.
When deterioration or degeneration occurs in a joint we call it “arthritis”. We’re now finding the traditional use of anti-inflammatory medicines for arthritis may in fact be doing more harm than good. Steroids, which are potent anti-inflammatory medications, have been shown to weaken tendon fibers, and repetitive use in conditions such as Rotator Cuff Tears can lead to rupture of these tendons. When injected in joints, steroids are toxic to the cartilage lining of the joints, and if overused can lead to accelerated deterioration and poor healing.
Treatment for Pain from Injury or Degeneration
Dr. Greenberg evaluates multiple factors to decide upon the right treatment. At Advanced Pain Care our goal is to avoid surgery whenever possible. Dr. Greenberg has the tools to provide alternative treatments to do this, and allow you to maintain a high level of activity, function, and quality of life. Possible treatments include: