Joint Pain Specialist

Michael G. Neret, MD

Family Medicine located in Bay City, TX

Your joints give you the ability to walk, run, and throw a ball, and they need to be both flexible and strong. Because of their range of mobility and daily use, joint pain is common. Board-certified family medicine physician Michael Neret, MD, in Bay City, Texas, takes an alternative and conservative approach to joint pain and offers many treatment options to relieve your discomfort and support healing of any diseased or damaged tissue. For expert care of your joint pain, call the office, or request an appointment online today.

Joint Pain Q & A

What is joint pain?

Joint pain refers to the discomfort you experience at any joint, which may include dull aches, sharp pains, or burning sensations. Your joint forms the meeting point between two bones and is made up of many components that help keep the joint in place, while still giving you the flexibility you need to move. 

The pain you experience may generate from any one of the components in your joint, including your bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, or ligaments. 

Why am I experiencing joint pain?

There are numerous reasons you may be experiencing joint pain. However, joint pain most often develops after an injury or from degenerative changes that occur in the joint as you get older. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Fracture
  • Dislocation
  • Overstretched ligament or torn ligament
  • Muscle strain

You may also develop joint pain if you’re overweight or obese or you engage in activities that require repetitive use of the joint.

How is joint pain diagnosed?

Dr. Neret and his team conduct comprehensive examinations when you come in with concerns about joint pain. Due to the many possible causes, Dr. Neret spends a lot of time reviewing your symptoms and onset of your pain. He also discusses your medical history and performs a physical exam, paying close attention to the joint causing the discomfort.

To confirm or rule out a diagnosis, Dr. Neret may recommend diagnostic testing, such as a blood test, X-rays, or MRI. 

What are the treatments for joint pain?

Treatment for your joint pain may depend on the underlying cause of your pain, the severity of your symptoms, and your overall health. The team at Michael Neret, MD, works closely with you to develop a plan that provides you with the relief you need, while at the same time helps improve joint health and function.

Your initial treatment may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Activity modification

The team at Michael Neret, MD, also offers knee injections, including hyaluronic acid (HA) injections to lubricate the joint and act as a shock absorber to help reduce pain. Steroid injections are also available to reduce inflammation.

Michael Neret, MD, also offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments. PRP is a blood product made from your own blood with a high concentration of your body’s natural healing powers. When injected into a joint that’s been injured or damaged, the PRP accelerates the healing process to reduce pain and improve function.

Joint injections at Michael Neret, MD, are performed using the advanced C-arm X-ray machine to ensure accurate placement of your medication.

Joint pain is a common problem and should be evaluated to prevent further damage. Contact Michael Neret, MD, by phone or online today to schedule an appointment.