Do your joints ache? Sprained ankles and wrists, arthritic knees and hips as well as torn rotator cuffs all have one thing in common: they result in joint pain. Joint pain and joint disease can have a significant impact on your ability to enjoy life to the fullest.

Joints are the areas where our bones meet that allows movement. These joints include the shoulders, hips, elbows and knees. They are made up of bone, muscles, synovium, cartilage and ligaments that bear weight and serve as a cushion and shock absorber. When these complex structures become irritated or inflamed, they can cause joint pain that can be mild, severe, persistent or chronic.

Causes of Joint Pain

Joint pain is characterized by a general feeling of discomfort, stiffness, soreness and inflammation in any of the body’s joints. It can be caused by many types of injuries or conditions that may include the following:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis – an autoimmune disease that causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of functions in the joints. It can also affect the eyes, mouth and lungs
  • Lupus – an autoimmune disease that attacks healthy tissues and affects the skin, joints, kidneys, brain and other organs
  • Bursitis – inflammation of the cushioning pads around joints
  • Chondromalacia patellae – the breakdown of the cartilage in the knee cap
  • Gout – a common and painful form of arthritis that happens when uric acid builds up in the body. It occurs when the uric acid turns into needle-like crystals and deposits in the joint
  • Infectious diseases, such as mumps, influenza and hepatitis
  • Fracture – a break in the bone
  • Osteoarthritis – the most common form of arthritis that is often related to aging and most frequently occurs in the hands, hips and knees.
  • Osteomyelitis – a bone infection caused by bacteria but can also be caused by fungi or other germs
  • Septic arthritis – a condition that develops when bacteria or microorganisms spread through the blood to a joint
  • Tendinitis – inflammation of the tendon
  • Strains or sprains – an injury to the ligaments around a joint due to overstretching


Joint pain may occur with other symptoms that may require immediate medical attention. The following symptoms may indicate a serious or life-threatening condition:

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.

  • The area around the joint is swollen, red, tender or warm to the touch
  • The pain persists for three days or more
  • Persistent fever that is not associated with flu symptoms
  • The joint appears deformed
  • Swelling of the joints occurs suddenly
  • The joint is completely immobile
  • Severe, unexplained joint pain
  • Sudden and unintended weight loss


To make an accurate diagnosis, your doctor will review your medical history, perform a complete physical exam and possibly order laboratory tests, X-rays or other imaging tests.

Get Help for Your Joint Pain

At Baptist Health System, our orthopedic team know that joint pain can deprive you of being able to do the things you like to do. Whether it’s walking the dog, cooking in your kitchen or just being able to put on your own socks and shoes, we can help you get back to your daily life.

No matter what form of joint pain you’re suffering from, our orthopedic team at Baptist in San Antonio are here to help. We understand that your condition is as unique as you are, so we treat your joint pain in a personalized way. Your doctor will work with you to find the most appropriate treatment options for your particular condition.

The Right Treatment for Your Pain

Pain is personal; Baptist Health System can create a personalized care plan to fit your unique needs. We offer a variety of treatment options, including physical therapy, innovative solutions and minimally invasive procedures for severe joint pain using the Mako SmartRoboticsTM for joint replacement surgery and more.

Mako Technology for Joint Replacement Surgery

Mako SmartRoboticsTM is a modern technology designed to help provide solutions for knee pain. It uses a 3D CT-based planning software that helps our orthopedic doctors understand our patients' anatomy and design personalized joint replacement surgical plans.

During the procedure, an orthopedic surgeon replaces your injured or deformed joint with an artificial body part (prosthesis). Mako robotic-assisted technology gives surgeons a precise approach to surgery that protects the healthy bones.

Joint replacement surgery is performed when pain and stiffness make your daily activities difficult or impossible, and less invasive methods — such as medication or physical therapy — haven’t been effective.

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Why Choose Baptist to Treat Your Joint Pain?

Our orthopedic doctors and surgeons are experts in treating joint pain. Every day, we strive to offer you exactly what you need for your specific condition. You’ll receive high-quality, personalized care at Baptist with advanced testing and advanced treatment techniques. We never settle for just good enough.

Our orthopedic team has treated many kinds of pain with joint replacement surgery: from a 34-year-old nurse with hip dysplasia who was unable to perform her job or even walk her dog, to an 18-year-old baseball player whose broken wrist jeopardized his college scholarship to a 71-year-old grandmother whose arthritis was so severe she considered canceling a trip to meet her newborn grandson.

Get Moving Again

The Joint Club

The Joint Club is a unique Baptist Health support system for patients who are undergoing joint replacement surgery. We believe that going through the process with others helps patients recover faster and easier.

Visit one of our Joint Clubs at Baptist Health System in San Antonio to help get relief from your joint pain — and live an active life again! Our Center of Excellence Joint Clubs are located at


At Baptist Health System in San Antonio, our orthopedic surgeons understand the importance of pain-free movement and independence, and they are ready to help you regain the life you love. Whether you’re dealing with problems with your spine, joint or neck, Baptist can help.

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