Joint Pain

Advanced Pain Specialists

Jalaja V. Piska, MD

Interventional Pain Management Physician located in Frankfort, IL & Kankakee, IL

Joint pain is a common complaint and an issue that can prevent you from performing your daily routines. Residents of Frankfort and Kankakee, Illinois, have a valuable resource in Jalaja Piska, MD, of Advanced Pain Specialists. Dr. Piska works with you to determine the cause of your joint pain and crafts a customized treatment plan to help manage that discomfort. Booking an appointment at Advanced Pain Specialists takes just moments online or over the phone.

Joint Pain

What are some common causes of joint pain?

If any component of a joint becomes injured or inflamed, joint pain can result. This includes your bones, tendons, ligaments, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, or other tissues. 

Your joints help absorb shock from normal daily movements and are often placed under significant stress. It should come as no surprise that joint pain is a common complaint.  

Some potential causes of joint pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bone cancer
  • Fractured bone
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lyme disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Lupus
  • Bursitis

These are just a few of the many conditions that can lead to joint pain. That’s why having a thorough diagnostic exam is the first step in treating joint issues. 

What is CooliefⓇ?

Coolief is a form of cooled radiofrequency treatment, a minimally invasive option for treating joint pain. The innovative technology behind Coolief combines both hot and cold temperatures to alter damaged nerve tissue. 

The treatment platform directs radiofrequency energy deep within your tissues. At the same time, water is circulated throughout the device to allow a larger area of nerve tissue to be treated. The targeted nerves are damaged by the heat and can no longer transmit pain signals. 

This serves to relieve joint pain for a prolonged period of time. Studies show Coolief can improve chronic back pain for as long as 24 months and knee pain for around 12 months. When pain returns, you can come back in for another treatment. 

How can joint injections reduce pain?

If you’re living with ongoing joint pain and want to avoid surgical intervention, joint injections can help. There are several types of joint injections to choose from, each with a distinct set of benefits. Dr. Piska works with you to choose the best option for your needs. 

Corticosteroid injections work by delivering a mix of anti-inflammatory medication and pain medication into an inflamed joint. Swelling goes down, reducing discomfort when you mobilize the targeted joint. 

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are another possibility. These injections use a solution created from your own blood to boost your body’s innate healing ability. There is virtually no risk of infection or other negative effects. 

Hyaluronic acid injections can help treat knee pain by introducing a substance similar to your natural joint fluid into a painful knee. Not only do these injections improve lubrication in the joint, they can also prompt your body to create more of its own hyaluronic acid. 

Learn more about your joint pain treatment options when you come in to see Dr. Piska. Online scheduling is available, or you can always call the office to set up your visit.