Joint Pain

Joseph P. Mullane, MD

Sports Medicine & Family Medicine located in Hamilton and Robbinsville, Hamilton Square, NJ

No matter which joint it affects, pain in a joint can make it hard to do simple day-to-day movements like typing, reaching, or walking. At his private practice in Hamilton Square, New Jersey, Joseph Mullane, MD, specializes in treating joint pain with an individualized, non-surgical approach first. To get a diagnosis and effectively treat your joint pain, call the office near the Hamilton and Robbinsville neighborhoods to request an appointment or use the online booking tool today.

Joint Pain Q & A

What is joint pain?

Joint pain is a broad term encompassing pain in any one of your joints. Your joints are the points at which two or more bones meet in your body, and many of them are mobile thanks to the matrix of soft tissues like ligaments, tendons, and muscles surrounding them. 

Pain can occur in any joint in your body, but it’s far more likely to affect mobile joints than rigid joints like those in your skull. The pain and accompanying stiffness often come from repeated movements that you make daily while on the job or exercising. 

Dr. Mullane specializes in managing the following types of joint pain:

  • Elbow pain
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Ankle pain
  • Wrist pain (usually from carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Shoulder pain

While X-rays and other imaging tests can be a useful tool in planning your joint pain treatment, Dr. Mullane realizes that you know a lot about your concerns and prioritizes your input while planning an individualized treatment plan. 

What are some common causes of joint pain?

The most mobile joints in your body, like your elbows, knees, shoulders, and wrists, are all prone to damage that leads to pain because of the many structures within and around them. While the specific components vary from joint to joint, general terms for common injury types apply to all. 

Some of the most common causes of joint pain are:

  • Tendinitis
  • Tendon tears
  • Bursitis
  • Bone fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Joint dislocations
  • Ligament sprains

Some of these causes, like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, are chronic conditions that can affect more than one joint at once. However, they can improve with many of the same treatments for joint pain associated with acute injuries and overuse. 

How can I manage my joint pain without surgery?

Dr. Mullane creates your treatment plan using treatments that can help you avoid the need for surgery now or in the future. Surgery is never the first suggestion, and Dr. Mullane can help guide you through all of your non-surgical options first. In a majority of cases, joint pain improves with some combination of:


Prolotherapy is a treatment that stimulates healing within an injured joint structure. Dr. Mullane injects a natural irritant into the joint, causing your natural healing process to improve or pick up where it left off. 

PRP injections

Platelet-rich plasma or PRP injections are another injectable form of therapy for painful joints, but they don’t cause improvements by stimulating damage. Instead, they boost cell regeneration within the injured or damaged joints by introducing additional platelets and growth factors from a sample of your blood. 

Manual therapy

Manual therapy can complement either injectable treatment for joint pain. While there are many techniques, Dr. Mullane often uses joint manipulation to loosen and mobilize the tight tendons or ligaments within a joint and decrease pain. 

In addition to these treatments, Dr. Mullane might suggest attending physical therapy, using heat and ice at home, or undergoing other procedures to relieve pain and stabilize the joint.

Request your consultation to address joint pain the right way by calling Joseph Mullane, MD, or use the online booking feature at any time.