Most of us have experienced some joint discomfort or musculoskeletal pain at one time or another. However, when joint pain is severe or does not improve, it can inhibit your mobility, cause pain and prevent you from living a full and active life. Joint pain can be caused by injury or disease of the joint or nearby musculoskeletal tissues.
At Weill Cornell Medicine, we understand that chronic joint or musculoskeletal pain can significantly impact your quality of life. That is why our approach to patient care looks at the whole person and not just one symptom or condition.
For Weill Cornell Medicine’s team of expert physicians, our goal is to reduce pain and maximize function — through focused physical therapy, medication and non-operative interventions, helping you optimize your quality of life.
Convenient, individualized musculoskeletal and joint care: No matter what kind of joint or musculoskeletal pain you may be experiencing, our expert and compassionate team of rehabilitation medicine physicians work closely with you to improve your quality of life, mobility and range of motion.
After a careful physician evaluation at our state-of-the-art facility, you will receive personalized treatment designed to alleviate pain, improve your functional joint health and help you achieve optimal health and well-being.
Focus on empowering patients: We are passionate about educating our patients. We empower you with information, exercises and other tools so that you can manage and improve your musculoskeletal and joint health, as well as make confident decisions about your care.
Multidisciplinary care from leading experts: When you choose Weill Cornell Medicine, you have access to a network of doctors and specialists. Our musculoskeletal specialists are experts in diagnosing the conditions that can lead to your pain.
Our team approach includes physiatrists — physicians who help patients restore movement and alleviate pain and rehabilitation — as well as nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists, who work together to provide comprehensive and expert care.
Weill Cornell Medicine partners with NewYork-Presbyterian, one of the top hospital systems in New York City and the U.S.
We treat musculoskeletal pain and joint pain/injury in patients of all ages.
We treat the full spectrum of musculoskeletal and joint pain caused by any number of conditions, including:
● Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is caused by the wear and tear on the cartilage that surround and cushion your joints, resulting in pain and stiffness in the joints.
● Tendinopathy: Tendons are the tough fibers that connect muscle to bone. Most tendon injuries occur near joints, such as the shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle. Most common tendons injured include the rotator cuff, Achilles tendon, patella tendon and common extensor tendon (tennis elbow).
● Labral tears: The labrum is cartilage that lines and reinforces the ball and socket joint of the shoulder and hip. Injury to the labrum can destabilize the joint and cause pain.
● Bursitis: Bursitis is a painful swelling of a small sac of fluid called a bursa, which cushions and lubricates the areas surrounding tendons, ligaments, skin, muscles and bones. It is often caused by repeated movements, overuse or long periods of pressure on an area.
● Nerve compression syndromes such as carpal tunnel syndrome: Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve in your wrist causing numbness, tingling, and/or weakness. Other common nerve compression syndromes include cubital tunnel syndrome (compression of ulnar nerve), tarsal tunnel syndrome (compression of tibial nerve), and piriformis syndrome (compression of sciatic nerve).
At Weill Cornell Medicine, our team offers the most advanced and comprehensive procedures to alleviate pain and restore function using non-surgical techniques, including:
● Guided joint and tendon sheath injections: Injections can be guided with ultrasound or fluoroscopy. These are minimally invasive treatments for ongoing and chronic joint or tendon pain. Using fluoroscopy — X-Ray image — or ultrasound imaging, your physician is able to inject pain relieving medication with maximum accuracy.
● Hyaluronic acid injections: Hyaluronic acid is similar to a natural substance found in the joints that lubricates, cushions and helps the joints function. It can be injected into joints that are affected by osteoarthritis. It is most commonly injected into the knee and shoulder joints.
● Ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks: A nerve block is used to interrupt the signals traveling along a nerve for the purpose of pain relief. Ultrasound is used to precisely guide the injection of an anesthetic or corticosteroid onto or near the nerve.
● Neuromodulation: Nerve stimulation — or neuromodulation — uses electricity to decrease pain sensations. Neuromodulation treatments can ease pain with minimal risks and offer an alternative to medication for treating arthritis pain.
Whether you visit us virtually through a video visit or you see us in person, you can be assured that we will deliver the highest standards of care with compassion.
The physicians at the Weill Cornell Department of Rehabilitation Medicine offer patients the highest level of safety and care. As a top-ranked academic medical center, you have access to our extensive network of specialists who provide seamless care throughout your treatment — to promote long-term physical and mental health.