Joint Pain

Pain Care Providers

Pain Management Physicians located in Irvine, CA

Suppose you experience joint pain or other pain associated with degenerative joint diseases like arthritis, osteoarthritis, wear-and-tear, or injury. In that case, you can count on the compassionate expertise of pain management physicians Dr. Amir Rafizad, MD, and Dr. Reza Mahrou, MD, at Pain Care Providers. Patients from the Irvine and Fountain Valley, California, area receive advanced relief for joint pain with a noninvasive pain management approach to provide long term relief. Call the office to schedule a consultation, or request one online to get started.

Joint Pain Q & A

What causes joint pain?

Joint pain refers to the physical discomfort experienced when two or more bones meet to form a joint, and pain can range from mild to disabling. Common causes include degenerative joint diseases like arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Joint pain can have causes that are not due to underlying disease. Examples include:

  • Overuse or lack of use
  • Heavy physical activity
  • Sprains
  • Strains


Make an appointment to see a doctor if you:

  • Feel warmth around the joint
  • Have pain accompanied by swelling or redness
  • Experience sudden swelling
  • Have intense pain
  • Have joint abnormalities 
  • Can no longer move the joint
  • Struggle to complete daily tasks


If you develop a fever of 102°F (39°C) or more, along with joint pain, you must see your doctor promptly.

What does joint pain feel like?

Sometimes the joint can feel achy, sore, or stiff. Some patients complain of a burning or throbbing sensation.

In addition, the joint may feel stiff in the morning but loosen up and feel better with movement and activity. However, too much activity could make the pain worse.

How do you treat joint pain?

Treatments can vary depending on your cause of joint pain and other factors. Your provider might recommend:


Exercising regularly might help decrease pain and increase mobility and flexibility without causing joint damage. Ice packs, OTC pain medications, and low impact activities can also help.


Joint lubricant injections involve injecting lubricant directly into the joint to help alleviate pain and improve function. The substance acts as a lubricant, making it easier for the joint to move, and may reduce the inflammation and pain caused by the injury. This provides effective relief for individuals who are not good candidates for surgery.

Steroid Injections

Steroid injections are used to help relieve discomfort and pain associated with a variety of injuries and conditions, including joint pain. Steroids act as anti-inflammatory agents and can reduce the pain caused by pressure on the surrounding nerves.

For example, hydrocortisone injections can treat swollen or painful joints if you have arthritis. They might also help after an injury.

Other injections

This process takes time and may only be able to reverse a portion of the damage, but will also provide a certain degree of relief when it comes to inflammation and joint pain.

To learn more about joint pain and the treatments available at Pain Care Providers, call the office to schedule a consultation. Or request one online at your earliest convenience.