How a Past Fracture Can Cause Consistent Joint Pain

How a Past Fracture Can Cause Consistent Joint Pain

Fractures are treated differently depending on which type you sustain. For example, some fractures require immobilization with a cast, while others may require surgery with pins to hold your bones in place while they heal. For some people, healing is straightforward and may be accompanied by physical therapy.

For some people, past fractures can cause consistent joint pain. In this blog post, Brenton Wynn, MD and our team at Wynn Over Pain explain how fractures affect your joint health and how we treat joint pain here in our National City and Chula Vista, California, offices.

Here’s what you need to know.

How fractures contribute to joint pain

You’re seven times more likely to develop arthritis in a joint that has been injured, and that’s exactly what’s happening when you have consistent joint pain after a fracture. It’s called post-traumatic arthritis, and it affects 5 million people each year. This equates to about 12% of all arthritis cases.

Post-traumatic arthritis causes pain, but it can also result in:

How does a past fracture cause these symptoms? Arthritis is a group of conditions characterized by joint pain and reduced cartilage. When your joint has been injured, such as in a sports accident, a car accident, or a fall, it damages the cartilage in the joint. When your cartilage is damaged, the bones in your joint are more likely to rub against each other, leading to pain, swelling, and stiffness.

Post-traumatic arthritis is particularly common in ankles, hips, knees, and elbows. This is another reason why it’s important to seek medical intervention after every injury, even if you think it’s a sprain. An accurate diagnosis, immobilization, and physical therapy can help ensure your joint is fully supported through the entire healing process. 

Finding relief from post-traumatic arthritis 

Even if you eat a healthy diet rich in vitamin D and calcium, follow your doctor’s instructions carefully, and take care of your splint, it’s not always possible to avoid joint pain. Here at Wynn Over Pain, we know that it can be frustrating to struggle with residual pain from a past injury. If you suspect your joint pain is connected to a past fracture, Dr. Wynn can create a treatment plan to help you find relief. Potential treatments for consistent joint pain include:

Chronic pain 一 no matter which joint it appears in 一 can reduce your quality of life, limit your ability to complete daily tasks, and keep you from the activities you love. Visit Dr. Wynn at Wynn Over Pain and explore your treatment options for chronic joint pain. Call our National City or Chula Vista, California, office today or book an appointment online.

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