Joint Pain & Injury Treatment

Wear and tear, arthritis, trauma and disease can cause joint pain in a variety of patients from young athletes to older adults. Whether in the hip joints or ankles, knees or elbows, levels of pain can range from a small irritation to a debilitating condition.

Runner with joint pain

Common symptoms of joint pain include swelling, tenderness and resistance during activity or weight-bearing movements. Specific conditions and injuries that can lead to pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Strains
  • Tendinitis
  • Sprains

Some pain can be related to a traumatic event, like a trip and fall, or a sports-related injury or collision. Other types of joint pain are due to wear and tear, slow to develop and chronic in nature.

Treatment Options

An orthopaedic physician will take a full medical history and then determine how the joint pain began. Whether from a sudden injury or an overuse issue that continues to worsen, a physical examination will help the physician determine the current function of the joint. X-rays, MRIs and ultrasounds are often required to get an accurate picture of the joint and to better prescribe a treatment.

Once the physician has a clear idea of the condition, they will determine the best treatment. Most joint injuries can be treated non-surgically with:

  • Medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Temporarily limiting activity
  • Biologics and injections

If left untreated, even simple joint problems can turn into more complex issues. When joint pain or injuries don’t get better with rest and limited activity, they should be evaluated by a physician to determine the severity of the injury and the appropriate treatment plan. Joint replacement surgery will only be recommended by an orthopaedic physician that has evaluated the patient’s full medical history and current condition.



Dover, NH Orthopaedic Clinic

19 Webb Place
Dover, NH 03820

Rochester, NH Orthopaedic Clinic

120 Washington Street Suite 101
Rochester, NH 03839

Portsmouth, NH Orthopaedic Clinic

155 Borthwick Avenue, Suite 102
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Plaistow, NH Orthopaedic Clinic

13 Plaistow Road
Plaistow, NH 03865

Raymond, NH Orthopaedic Clinic

6 Freetown Road
Raymond, NH 03077

Exeter, NH Orthopaedic Clinic

1 Hampton Road
Exeter, NH 03833


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Find Relief

Access Sports Medicine’s orthopaedic surgeons are adept in all treatment options for managing joint pain.

Specializing Doctors

Our team of orthopaedic physicians can evaluate and identify the causes of joint pain and determine the best treatment plan for recovery.

Specializing Doctor

Joshua A. Siegel, MD

Dr. Siegel is an award-winning surgeon with more than 20 years of experience. He is a US Olympic Committee team physician, a US ski team physician and covers USGA and PGA tour events. Locally, he is the team physician for several high schools, including Phillips Exeter Academy.

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Specializing Doctor

David Davis, MD

Dr. Davis specializes in the treatment of sports-related injuries and has contributed to numerous scholarly publications. His experience includes working as an assistant team physician for the Boston Celtics and Tufts University football and hockey programs. Currently, he is a team physician for several New Hampshire Seacoast high schools.

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Specializing Doctor

Michael T. LeGeyt, MD

Dr. LeGeyt is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Surgery of the Hand (CAQSH).  He was awarded the Best Clinical Research at the Seton Hall University School of Graduate Medical Education Annual Research Colloquium.

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Specializing Doctor

Benjamin Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is an award-winning surgeon, with team physician experience working with the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Lowell Spinners, the Pro Bull Riders Tour and Worcester Polytechnical Institute football team.

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Who is an ideal candidate for joint replacement surgery?

When joint pain severely limits a patient’s day-to-day life and non-surgical treatments are ineffective, joint replacement surgery is considered an option. The orthopaedic physician will determine the possibility for success of replacement surgery while also evaluating the patient’s current condition and full medical history.