Joint Pain Specialist

Vulcan Pain Management

Opioid Addiction Treatment & Pain Management located in Birmingham, AL

If your activities are limited by chronic joint pain from underlying medical issues or injury, Victor E. Mendoza, MD offers the solutions you need to feel better. At Vulcan Pain Management in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Mendoza and his experienced staff offer pain management options, including steroid injections, to quickly and effectively alleviate joint pain, with long-term results. You can rely on quality one-on-one time with Dr. Mendoza at each visit. Learn more about available treatment options by scheduling an appointment online or by calling the office directly.

Joint Pain Q & A

What causes joint pain?

Several medical conditions can cause chronic joint pain anywhere in the body. These causes include:

  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Infections
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Autoimmune disease

You might also experience chronic pain in your joints from overuse, injury, or due to age-related wear and tear.

What are the symptoms of joint pain?

Pain in your joints might come and go or remain constant, ranging from mild aches to severe and debilitating pain.

You might also experience increased tenderness and swelling in the affected joints, as well as a sensation of warmth under the skin.

If pain lasts longer than a few days and doesn’t resolve with rest and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and pain relievers, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Mendoza for a full evaluation.

What diagnostic tests are available for joint pain?

Dr. Mendoza initially reviews your medical history and activities that could point to a cause of joint pain. He performs a physical exam to assess the affected joint, checking for swelling and limitations to movement.

If he suspects joint pain relates to an underlying medical condition, Dr. Mendoza can order blood work. This type of testing can diagnose autoimmune disorders and infections that might be affecting your joints.

Dr. Mendoza can also request imaging tests, such as X-rays or a CT scan, to get a closer look at your internal structures and identify joint injuries or damage that might be causing your pain.

What treatment options are available to relieve joint pain?

Depending on the cause of your joint pain, Dr. Mendoza can offer several treatment options to improve movement in your joints. He can recommend physical therapy initially to strengthen muscles around your joints.

If chronic joint pain is interfering with your ability to work or participate in your usual activities, Dr. Mendoza can recommend steroid injections to reduce inflammation and pain. Prescription medications can also be beneficial in increasing your range of motion.

If an underlying infection or medical condition is causing your joint pain, Dr. Mendoza can prescribe other medications, such as antibiotics, to treat the condition. He can also offer a referral to a specialist if your joint pain relates to autoimmune disorders or other chronic diseases.

Schedule a consultation online or by phone to learn more about effective treatment options for managing chronic joint pain.