Musculoskeletal Conditions

Musculoskeletal conditions include a wide set of issues, from arthritis and joint pains to injuries and chronic disorders. Your body's musculoskeletal system provides the framework and mobility that shape your daily activities. Muscles, bones, joints, and connective tissues work in harmony, allowing you to move, bend, and live.

Musculoskeletal conditions can cause discomfort, pain, stiffness, or reduced mobility, affecting your ability to engage in daily activities. At Destiny Internal Medicine, we recognize the importance of musculoskeletal health as a foundation for overall well-being.

Our approach goes beyond addressing symptoms; we aim to empower you with knowledge, support, and personalized strategies to navigate the complexities of these conditions. We believe in the power of proactive care and early intervention.

Musculoskeletal health is dynamic in nature, adapting to lifestyle, age, and individual needs throughout your life. Whether you are grappling with the challenges of osteoarthritis, seeking relief from joint pains, or any other type of musculoskeletal issue, we’re here to help.


Osteoarthritis is the most commonly seen form of arthritis. It is a degenerative joint condition characterized by the wearing down of the protective cartilage between the joint bones. As the cartilage deteriorates, the bones rub against each other, causing pain, swelling, stiffness, and reduced mobility.

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is commonly seen in weight-bearing joints like the knees and hips. However, it can also impact joints in the hands, spine, and other areas. 

It often develops gradually over time, and factors such as age, genetics, joint injuries, and obesity can contribute to its occurrence. Common osteoarthritis symptoms include joint pain, stiffness, tenderness, and reduced flexibility. 

Diagnosis for Osteoarthritis

Diagnosing osteoarthritis usually involves imaging tests like X-rays and MRIs. Additionally, blood tests may be used to rule out other underlying causes, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Treatment for Osteoarthritis

Treatment options for osteoarthritis can include both nonsurgical and surgical solutions. Nonsurgical options may include:

  • Weight management
  • Targeted exercises and physical therapy
  • Pain management medication

Surgical interventions may be needed when conservative treatments do not help alleviate symptoms. These can include:

  • Cortisone injections
  • Hyaluronic acid injections
  • Joint replacement surgery

Our arthritis management services aim to improve joint function, strengthen surrounding muscles, and enhance overall mobility.


Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that causes sudden and intense joint pain, often affecting the big toe. Gout is caused due to the collection of uric acid in the joints, causing inflammation and severe pain.

Symptoms of Gout

This condition often manifests with sudden, intense pain, swelling, and redness and is most often seen in the big toe. Understanding the impact of gout on joint health and recognizing its associations with diet, genetics, and other factors is crucial for effective management. Another symptom can make the affected joint warm to the touch. Gout attacks can be debilitating and affect your ability to perform daily activities.

Diagnosing Gout

Our diagnostic methods for gout usually involve blood tests and imaging to assess the extent of joint damage. Blood work measures uric acid levels in your body. Monitoring uric acid levels over time also ensures proactive management of the condition to prevent future flare-ups.

Treatment Approach for Gout

Precision care for gout involves a multifaceted approach. This can include lifestyle modifications like dietary changes and hydration to manage uric acid levels. 

If you are experiencing an attack of gout, anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed to provide relief.

Sprains, Minor Aches

Although sprains and minor aches may seem insignificant, they can have far-reaching impacts on your musculoskeletal health. Sprains cause the stretching or tearing of ligaments, while minor aches may be caused by overuse or muscle strain.

Symptoms of Sprains and Aches

Sprains and strains of this nature can impact joint stability, flexibility, and overall function. Common signs of a sprain or strain include localized pain, swelling, tenderness, and reduced range of motion.

Diagnosing Sprains and Aches

Diagnosis usually involves a clinical evaluation and imaging tests, if necessary, to assess the extent of the injury or discomfort. Monitoring recovery progress and adjusting interventions are essential to prevent chronic issues.

Treatment for Sprains and Aches

Treatment options for sprains and minor aches depend on the type of injury. The RICE protocol of Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation may be recommended for acute injuries. This helps manage swelling and promote healing. 

Physical therapy is another tool to help with rehabilitation, focusing on strengthening, flexibility, and preventing future injuries. Chronic or recurring minor aches may require a multifaceted approach, including lifestyle modifications, targeted exercises, and pain management strategies.

Knee Pain

Knee pain is a frequently seen musculoskeletal concern that can significantly impact mobility and stability. Knee pain may be caused due to injury, overuse, or underlying conditions, and addressing it is crucial for maintaining an active lifestyle. 

At Destiny Internal Medicine, we understand the impact of knee pain on joint function, stability, and overall mobility and design treatment plans for its effective management. 

Symptoms of Knee Pain

Knee pain symptoms include pain, swelling, stiffness, and difficulty handling weight on the affected knee. 

Diagnosis of Knee Pain

Accurate diagnosis of the underlying issue causing knee pain is fundamental for tailoring effective interventions. Diagnostic methods can include clinical evaluation and imaging tests like X-rays or MRI scans.

Treatment for Knee Pain

At Destiny Internal Medicine, our experts may recommend a combination of approaches for your knee condition depending on its underlying cause. For acute injuries, the RICE protocol of Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation may effectively manage swelling and promote healing.

Physical therapy can also be effective in managing symptoms. For cases of chronic knee pain resulting from conditions like osteoarthritis, medication options for pain and inflammation may be prescribed along with lifestyle changes.

Invasive interventions, such as injections or surgical options, may be considered in specific cases.

Joint Pains

Generalized joint pain may be a result of a variety of conditions and is likely to present unique challenges to your musculoskeletal health. Whether your joint pain is due to arthritis, inflammation, injury, overuse, or underlying conditions, addressing it is crucial for maintaining overall well-being.

At Destiny Internal Medicine, our team recognizes the complexity of joint pains and offers tailored care for your specific circumstances. 

Symptoms of Joint Pain

Common signs include pain, swelling, tenderness, and reduced range of motion in the affected joints. 

Diagnosis of Joint Pain

Proper diagnosis of any underlying issues causing your joint pain is fundamental for tailoring effective interventions. Diagnostic methods can include clinical evaluation and imaging tests like X-rays or MRI scans.

Treatment for Joint Pain

At Destiny Internal Medicine, our experts may recommend a combination of approaches for your joint pain depending on its underlying cause. Treatment strategies may include lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, and medications to manage pain and inflammation.

In cases where chronic conditions such as arthritis require more intensive interventions, Destiny Internal Medicine collaborates with you to explore options like injections or surgical procedures.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can significantly impact hand and wrist wellness, affecting daily activities and overall quality of life. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve passing through the narrow passageway in the wrist, known as the carpal tunnel, is compressed. This compression causes pain, numbness, and weakness in the hand and fingers. 

Understanding the impact on hand function, grip strength, and overall mobility is essential for effective management.

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If you experience tingling or numbness in the thumb, index, and middle fingers, you may have carpal tunnel syndrome. The weakness and discomfort may extend up the arm. 

Diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Early diagnosis and interventions are the key to preventing prolonged harm and permanent damage caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. The diagnostic process may involve a physical exam, X-rays, and specific wrist tests.

Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome usually starts with conservative treatments, such as a wrist splint to alleviate pressure on the median nerve, lifestyle modifications, and physical therapy. Medications to manage pain and inflammation may also be prescribed.

More intensive interventions may be needed when conservative measures are insufficient. This can include corticosteroid injections or surgical procedures to relieve pressure on the median nerve.

Treatment for Musculoskeletal Conditions at Destiny Internal Medicine

At Destiny Internal Medicine, we look beyond alleviating immediate symptoms. Our goal is to help you optimize your musculoskeletal health. Whatever your musculoskeletal condition, our personalized and comprehensive approach is tailored to your unique needs.

Connect with our experienced team in Aurora for a personalized consultation. 

To schedule an appointment with one of our providers, call us at 720-324-4777 or request an appointment online. 

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