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Joint Pain

Yancey Pain & Spine

William L Yancey, MD

Interventional Pain Specialist & Anesthesiologist located in The Woodlands, TX & Houston Medical Center, Houston, TX

Your joints play a central role in your body’s mobility and flexibility. However, because of their primary function, joints are susceptible to injury and damage that leads to joint pain, which can interfere with your daily life. Interventional pain specialist William Yancey, MD, at Yancey Pain & Spine practices evidence-based medicine, utilizing proven therapies while incorporating the latest advancements in pain treatments to help you get relief from your joint pain so you can get back to doing the things you enjoy. To schedule an appointment, contact the office in Houston or The Woodlands, Texas, by phone, or request an appointment online today.

Joint Pain Q & A

What is joint pain?

Joint pain refers to any discomfort you experience in or around your joint. Your joints form the connection between two or more bones. They are made up of multiple parts, including cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and muscle. Joint pain can be caused by any damage or disease that affects any one of the components that make up your joint.

Joint pain can affect any joint in your body. At Yancey Pain & Spine, Dr. Yancey treats all types of joint pain but specializes in pain that affects the knees and shoulders, as well as foot pain. 

What are the common causes of joint pain?

Your joint pain may develop from many causes. However, arthritis is the most common cause.

Other common causes of joint pain include:

  • Tendinitis
  • Sprains
  • Ligament tears
  • Tendon tears

You may also experience joint pain if you suffer from complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), which is a chronic pain condition that usually only affects one limb (arm or leg) after an injury. It’s theorized that CRPS develops due to damage or malfunction in your peripheral or central nervous system. 

CRPS is classified into types based on whether nerve injury has been diagnosed. 

CRPS type I

In those with CRPS type I, previously known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome, there is no confirmed nerve injury.

CRPS type II

In CRPS type II, previously known as causalgia, a nerve injury has been confirmed.

How is joint pain treated?

Dr. Yancey develops individualized treatment plans for managing joint pain based on the joint affected, the underlying cause, and the severity of your symptoms. He takes a multidisciplinary approach to pain, and your treatment plan may include a combination of medication, injections, and physical therapy.

The interventional pain specialist also has extensive experience with using dorsal root ganglion stimulation for the treatment of challenging pain conditions, including CRPS and chronic foot and knee pain. The innovative neuromodulation device sends mild electrical impulses to the dorsal root ganglia, which provides sensory information to your brain and spinal cord from your peripheral nerves to alleviate pain sensations and improve your quality of life. 

Dr. Yancey may also suggest dorsal root ganglion stimulation for treating:

  • Postherpetic neuralgia
  • Inguinal hernia pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Interstitial cystitis

For comprehensive care for your joint pain, contact Yancey Pain & Spine by calling the office or booking a consultation online today.