Joint damage can cause severe pain in the joint and even affect the way you move your body. If the damage becomes too severe, it may require medical or surgical treatment to restore pain-free movement. Our doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants can evaluate your joint pain. We can help determine the cause of your pain and provide you with treatment options.

The most common causes of joint damage include:


Osteoarthritis is inflammation in the joints caused by wear-and-tear as you move the joint. The condition becomes more common as you age and can damage the cartilage (cushioning) in your joints. Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of joint damage. While there is no way to undo damage, many surgical and nonsurgical treatments can relieve osteoarthritis pain.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis or RA is an autoimmune disorder. RA occurs when your body’s immune system begins attacking the lining of your joints. Rheumatoid arthritis can occur at age, but it’s more common in middle-aged adults. Certain treatments may help slow down rheumatoid arthritis, but the condition can’t be cured. Our Orthopedic and Sports Medicine team works closely with our Rheumatologist to help provide you options for care.

Joint Damage from Injuries

Joint injuries like fractures, sprains or strains can change the way your joints work. It’s important to rest your joint after an injury to help prevent further damage. Even after you have recovered from a joint injury, you may have a higher risk of osteoarthritis in that joint in the future.

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