Chronic lower body joint and muscle pain can have a major impact on our daily lives.
Every-day tasks — like getting out of bed or climbing a flight of stairs — can be hard for people dealing with lower body pain.
At UPMC Orthopaedic Care, we diagnose and treat:
With more than 350 joints in the human body, it's likely we'll all suffer from varying levels of pain during our lives.
Many factors can cause lower body joint and muscle pain, including:
While some lower body discomfort goes away over time, pain is the body's way of telling us something is wrong.
If you're dealing with chronic pain, it might help to talk to an orthopaedic doctor about your lower body pain symptoms.
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Each person suffers pain in his or her own unique way. At UPMC Orthopaedic Care, we'll work with you to diagnose the cause and create a treatment plan for your chronic lower body pain.
Common areas of the lower body that are prone to injury include the:
Back pain — especially in the lower back — is one of the most common ailments for people of all ages.
Causes of back pain are as wide in variety as those who suffer from the condition.
Common causes include:
To pinpoint the cause of your lower back pain, your doctor may perform a series of imaging tests such as:
While there can be multiple causes attributed to hip pain, one the most common conditions is trochanteric bursitis.
Our hips have two major bursae. These fluid-filled sacs create a smooth, gliding surface, reducing friction when we move our hips.
When either of these sacs becomes inflamed, we experience the pain associated with trochanteric bursitis.
When discussing knee pain, one of the most common issues revolves around the kneecap area — also known as the patella.
Often caused by high-impact activities or improper alignment, those suffering from patellofemoral pain syndrome most often feel a dull ache underneath the kneecap when:
To diagnose the cause of your knee pain, your doctor will:
Foot pain can be due to a problem in any part of the foot, such as the:
Common symptoms associated with foot ailments include:
Ankle pain may result from:
Common symptoms of an ankle injury include:
If you suffer from chronic lower body joint or muscle pain, the orthopaedic specialists at UPMC can help. We'll oversee your care from diagnosis through treatment, and beyond.
At UPMC Orthopaedic Care, we create custom treatment plans for:
Based on any test results and your orthopaedic doctor's diagnosis, treatments for chronic back pain may include:
After feeling the affected area of your hip to assess the extent of the inflammation, your doctor will most often suggest ice treatment and anti-inflammatory drugs.
Further treatment for hip pain may include:
While some knee injuries may require surgery to correct the condition, your doctor may first treat your knee pain with:
Rehabilitation exercises are also effective at strengthening the knee, and correcting the condition.
Depending on the impacted area of the foot, and the root cause of your pain, your doctor may suggest something as simple as an insert for your shoe to a more involved surgical procedure to treat your foot pain.
Some common treatments for ankle pain and problems are:
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