Joint Pain (Arthralgia) Program

Cooper rheumatologists treat the full spectrum of joint pain (arthralgia) to get you back to living your life. Our experts take a multidisciplinary approach to joint care, offering the latest diagnosis and treatment options, coordinating with orthopaedic surgeons and physical therapists to offer you the most comprehensive care possible.

Joint pain can be caused my many factors. Some may include:

  • Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus
  • Bursitis
  • Chondromalacia patellae
  • Gout (especially found in the big toe)
  • Infections caused by a virus
  • Injury, such as a fracture
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteomyelitis (bone infection)
  • Septic arthritis (joint infection)
  • Tendinitis
  • Unusual exertion or overuse, including strains or sprains

Advanced Diagnosis and Treatment Options

To properly diagnose joint pain, Cooper rheumatologist may use a variety of tests including:

  • CBC or blood differential
  • C-reactive protein
  • Joint x-ray
  • Sedimentation rate
  • Blood tests specific to various autoimmune disorders

Treatments for joint pain depend on the underlying cause of the condition. Some treatment options for joint pain include:

  • Physical therapy for muscle and joint rehabilitation
  • Arthrocentesis to remove fluid from the sore joint
  • Ultrasound-guided injections
  • Medications including immunosuppressants
  • Joint replacement surgery

For an appointment with a Cooper rheumatologist, please call 800.8.COOPER (800.826.6737).