Joint pain seriously interferes with your quality of life. Whether it’s mild or severe, it can be chronic and result in limited movements and mobility. Pain management specialist Dr. David Berkower wants to help you resolve joint pain and get back to your normal activities. His practice Berkower Pain and Spine Rehabilitation serves men and women in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Call the office or use the online booking agent to make an appointment.

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Why do my joints hurt?

Your joints are parts of your body where the bones meet. Joint pain can result from any part of a joint, including your bones, cartilage, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Inflammation of these tissues leads to pain that ranges from mild to severe and debilitating.

Common pain points include your knees, hips, wrists, elbows, and shoulders. You may have pain in just one joint because of overuse or injury, or you may have pain in multiple joints.

Joint pain is sometimes accompanied by swelling, redness, warmth, and tenderness. In severe cases, you might experience joint deformity, inhibited range of motion, and intense pain. Joint pain that limits your activity interferes with your daily life or radiates throughout your body deserves a visit to Berkower Pain and Spine Rehabilitation.

What causes inflammation of the joints?

A number of issues can cause pain in the joints; these include arthritis, autoimmune disease, and the natural effects of aging. In addition, the following may be responsible:

  • Lyme disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Bursitis
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Sprains and strains
  • Tendinitis

Dr. Berkower focuses on finding an accurate diagnosis for your pain. This diagnosis influences how he treats joint pain so you can restore optimal function.

How is joint pain diagnosed?

Dr. Berkower uses imaging scans, including X-rays and MRIs, as well as physical exams, symptom review, and your medical history to determine the possible cause of your joint pain. An accurate diagnosis helps him successfully reduce or resolve your pain.

As a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, Dr. Berkower has an interest in your whole body health, not just the symptoms of joint pain.

How is joint pain treated?

Dr. Berkower wants to help you live a more comfortable and healthy life. He works to resolve your joint pain symptoms, as well as the cause of your pain, with non-surgical interventions.

To treat the immediate joint pain, he offers injections of medications, steroids, and nerve blocks. Physical therapy exercises help retrain movement patterns that contribute to joint dysfunction. Lifestyle modifications, including weight loss and physical activity, can help you reduce some types of joint pain, too.