Managing joint pain in primary care.

  title={Managing joint pain in primary care.},
  author={Trish A Palmer and James D. Toombs},
  journal={The Journal of the American Board of Family Practice},
  volume={17 Suppl},
Joint pain is a common problem seen by family physicians. Although many pain complaints arise from self-limited conditions, a substantial number require immediate and ongoing care. Prompt appropriate treatment can help limit symptoms, prevent disability, and improve outcomes. The differential diagnosis is varied, with both laboratory studies and diagnostic imaging available to help evaluate the joint. At the initial evaluation and at each subsequent re-evaluation, there should be efforts to… CONTINUE READING