Muscle and joint problems can be debilitating, interfering with daily activities and reducing quality of life. Dr. Papas provides patients in University Heights and throughout San Diego with skilled management of muscle and joint issues so they can reduce or eliminate painful symptoms and increase mobility and activity.
Dr. Papas is skilled in treating muscle strains (“pulled” muscles), arthritis, joint inflammations, and soft tissue injuries like tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome arising from acute and repetitive trauma and disease processes. Before any treatment begins, he will perform a complete and thorough evaluation of your symptoms, sometimes including range of motion testing to determining what causes your symptom to occur or become worse, so he can decide which treatment options are the most appropriate for your needs. Some symptoms may also warrant diagnostic imaging such as x-rays or CT (computed tomography) scans to provide additional information that can guide treatment.
Joint and muscle problems can be caused by diseases like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bone disorders, spinal diseases and autoimmune diseases, and they can also be caused by trauma from car accidents, sports injuries, slip and fall accidents and repetitive motion injuries, like bending and lifting or using a keyboard for a prolonged period of time. Some joint and muscle problems can also be caused by an occupation that requires long periods of standing or sitting or by lifestyle issues like being too sedentary or being overweight.
Treating muscle and joint disorders begins with a physical exam to determine the underlying cause. Once the cause is determined, Dr. Papas will develop a treatment plan that may include oral medication, steroid injections, physical therapy, lifestyle changes like losing weight or becoming more physically active or more aggressive options like surgery. When treatment is complex, Dr. Papas can refer you to an orthopedic specialist for evaluation and treatment.
We accept most major insurance plans including HMO, PPO, Tricare, and Medicare. Please contact our office if you have any questions.
"He caught a condition that somehow escaped all of my previous doctors, and his knowledge is what helped me solve this issue that has plagued me for years."
"Dr. Papas has treated my family for the past 17 years. He has consistently provided excellent diagnosis and the time to answer questions. His attitude is commendable."
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