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Joint Pain Specialist

Capital Pain Consultants

Chronic Pain Specialists & Pain Management Specialists located in Sacramento, CA

Whether it’s in your knees, hips, or another area, joint pain is stressful and difficult to endure. At Capital Pain Consultants, experienced interventional pain management specialists Sharon Leano, MD, and James Kim, MD, know how to treat the toughest cases of debilitating joint pain using advanced techniques. Call the Sacramento, California, office, or set up your appointment using online scheduling now.

Joint Pain Q & A

What is joint pain?

Joint pain is soreness, discomfort, or pain in any place where two bones meet. Some of the most frequently painful joints are the larger ones, including the hips, knees, shoulders, and elbows.

Because your joints have to support your body weight and enable smooth movement, joint pain can be highly disruptive and frustrating. Fortunately, however, advanced pain management techniques can help you find relief and preserve your range of motion. 

What causes joint pain?

The main causes of joint pain include:


Arthritis occurs in many forms, and it’s the number one reason for chronic joint pain. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, in which the cartilage encasing the bones wears down, and rheumatoid arthritis, when the immune system attacks the joints. Both can cause severe joint pain that may limit your mobility.


Fractures and dislocations can both lead to joint pain, as can soft tissue injuries like ligament, rotator cuff, and tendon tears. Injuries can occur suddenly, or they may develop over a long period of time with overuse. People who experience joint injuries have an increased risk of a type of osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, later on.

Other conditions may also lead to joint pain, including complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), fibromyalgia, bursitis, and multiple sclerosis among others. 

What is interventional pain management for joint pain?

The first treatment for joint pain involves physical therapy, lifestyle modifications, regular exercise, and medication. In cases where those initial treatments don’t work, injections of corticosteroids and anesthetics are a typical next step. 

Injections can decrease inflammation and swelling while easing your arthritis pain, but they generally last for only a few days to a few months. You can have additional injections a couple of times a year, but they’re not a permanent solution. 

Capital Pain Consultants offers advanced interventional pain management procedures, including implanted spinal cord stimulators and intrathecal pain pumps. 

Spinal cord stimulation works by altering pain signals, so your brain doesn’t perceive pain the same way. Intrathecal pain pumps administer small amounts of pain medication directly to your spine for maximum effectiveness. Either of these options provide extended relief for stubborn joint pain. 

If you have chronic joint pain, Capital Pain Consultants is here to provide relief. Call the office or book an appointment with the board-certified specialists online now.