Joint Pain Specialist

Primary Medicine of Sherman

Primary Care Physician & Addiction Medicine located in Sherman, TX & Plano, TX

Due to the significant role your joints play in helping you move around and perform tasks, they are susceptible to injury and pain. If you’re suffering from joint pain, Robert Hernandez, MD, at Primary Medicine of Sherman in Sherman and Plano, Texas, can find the underlying cause of your pain and provide the most appropriate treatment. For an appointment, call the nearest office today or make a request online.

Joint Pain Q & A

What is joint pain?

Joint pain refers to any discomfort you experience in and around your joints. The pain you feel may be sharp or dull, constant, or only occur during activities. The pain may develop from an unexpected injury or occur for no known cause. 

Your joint serves as a connection point between your bones and is made up of many components, including ligaments, cartilage, tendons, and muscles. Your joint pain may develop from an injury or disease to any of these components. 

If you’re experiencing joint pain that doesn’t seem to be improving with at-home care, contact Primary Medicine of Sherman for an evaluation. 

What causes joint pain

You can develop joint pain from any number of causes. Some of the most common include:

  • Arthritis
  • Sprain or strain
  • Dislocation
  • Tendinitis
  • Broken bone

You can also develop joint pain from an underlying health condition, such as fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, or hypothyroidism.

How is joint pain diagnosed?

Dr. Hernandez and his team of nurse practitioners, Brittany Brown, NP, and Julie Thomison, NP, conduct comprehensive evaluations when you come to the office with complaints of joint pain. The goal of your evaluation is to identify the underlying cause, which helps direct treatment. 

In addition to reviewing your symptoms and medical history, the team also conducts a physical exam and evaluates the site of your pain. The team may perform functional tests to assess joint mobility and health. If needed, the team may request diagnostic imaging, such as an X-ray or MRI, to rule out or confirm the underlying cause of your discomfort.  

What are the treatments for joint pain?

Treatment for your joint pain may depend on the cause of your discomfort. Dr. Hernandez and his team create personalized treatment plans so you get the most effective care and resolution of your pain. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Physical therapy
  • Disease-specific medication
  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-epileptic medications

Dr. Hernandez and his team also offer joint injections if conservative measures aren’t providing the pain relief you need.

Joint pain can keep you from your daily activities. To get relief, contact Primary Medicine of Sherman by phone or online today.