Life Without Pain

blue-dist-knee-hip-200x200Joint pain can affect the quality of your life. For instance, lower back pain can make you afraid to pick up things, and knee pain can prevent you from enjoying a walk outdoors. Prevent chronic pain from disrupting your daily activities with the proper joint pain treatment from Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach, FL. Take

Whether you need relief from stiff joints or require complete joint replacement, we offer some of the newest technologies to help you get back on your feet. Watch this video for a tour of our orthopedic and neurosurgery department:


If you have an injury, get on the fast track to recovery at the Emergency Center in West Palm Beach, our freestanding emergency center. Advantages include:

  • Minimal waiting
  • No appointment required
  • A board-certified ER Physician
  • A follow-up appointment with an orthopedic surgeon within 48 hours of the visit

The Emergency Center in West Palm Beach is dedicated exclusively to 24-hour emergency care. It offers the same high-quality treatment and diagnostic services as Good Samaritan Medical Center's emergency department.

Call 561-578-6700 for an appointment. You can also visit The center is located at 5028 Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach. Find the center near the intersection of Haverhill Road and Okeechobee Boulevard.

What is Orthopedics?

Orthopedics is a medical specialty that focuses on diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal disorders. The following are some musculoskeletal conditions that may hurt a person’s bones, tendons, joints, muscles and ligaments:

  • Bone or joint infection
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout
  • Infectious diseases, mumps, hepatitis and influenza
  • Injury
  • Joint overuse
  • Kneecap cartilage breakdown
  • Lupus
  • Osteoporosis
  • Rickets
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Tendonitis

What Is Arthritis?

As you get older, you may have every intention to stay mobile and independent without any physical limitations. However, you may develop arthritis that causes you to miss out on some of your favorite activities. Arthritis means joint inflammation and refers to any condition that affects the joints. It is a leading cause of work disability in the United States.

Over 100 arthritis types and related conditions can affect people of all ages, sexes and races. Here are some of them:

  • Ankylosing spondylitis affects the spine. It often involves heat, redness, pain and swelling in the spine or sacroiliac joint that connects the lower spine to the pelvic bone.
  • Gout usually affects a person’s big toe but may also affect other joints. It is caused by crystal buildup in the joints.
  • Juvenile arthritis refers to arthritis affecting children.
  • Lupus is an autoimmune disease wherein a person’s immune system attacks their organs and tissues, affecting the joints, blood cells, heart and more.
  • Osteoarthritis usually occurs as people get older and most often affects the knees, fingers and hips. A joint injury may also result in osteoarthritis. For example, a badly injured knee may develop osteoarthritis years later.
  • Psoriatic arthritis may happen to people with psoriasis.
  • Reactive arthritis is caused by an infection in a person’s body, such as food poisoning and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). People born with the HLA-B27 gene are more likely to get reactive arthritis.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis happens when a person’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells in their body. It results in inflammation in the affected body parts.

What Is an Orthopedic Surgeon?

An orthopedist is someone who specializes in orthopedics. An orthopedic surgeon explores nonsurgical options in treating joint disorders, such as rehabilitation or medication. They can also perform surgery to correct or repair an injury if necessary. Orthopedic doctors in West Palm Beach can also treat the following conditions:

  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Bone tumors
  • Bow legs
  • Bunions
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Club foot
  • Foot and ankle injuries
  • Hand arthritis
  • Hand injuries
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Limb lengthening
  • Osteoporosis
  • Ruptured spinal discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Sports injuries

When Should I See an Orthopedic Doctor?

Mild or infrequent joint pain may not require a visit to an orthopedic doctor. But if you have an arthritis type that can result in permanent joint damage, get treated quickly to prevent other serious problems and preserve your joint's function. Watch for these symptoms and signs of arthritis:

  • Difficulty moving a joint
  • Joint stiffness or tenderness
  • Pain, stiffness or swelling in one or more joints
  • Joints that are warm to the touch

Make an appointment with an orthopedic doctor in West Palm Beach if your joint symptoms last more than three days and you experience them several times within a month.

What Can Cause Pain in Multiple Joints?

Polyarthritis is a joint disease that involves at least five joints. Acute polyarthritis occurs in less than six weeks. If it is more than this timeframe, it becomes chronic polyarthritis. Polyarthritis can be classified depending on the following major patterns of joint involvement:

  • Migratory: Arthritis only affects one or more joints at the beginning. It may fully improve after several days. Later, another joint region becomes affected, where polyarthritis will occur gradually.
  • Additive: Joints become affected within a few days or weeks.
  • Intermittent: Polyarthritis attacks for a while, completely improves, then recurs.

Here are common polyarthritis-causing rheumatic diseases and their classifications:

Disease Joints Affected Joint Involvement
Ankylosing spondylitis Mainly large joints Additive
Crystal arthropathy Mainly small joints Intermittent
Psoriatic arthritis Large, small, axial joints Additive
Reactive arthritis Mainly large joints Migratory
Rheumatoid arthritis Mainly small joints Additive
Systemic lupus erythematosus Mainly small joints Additive
Systemic vasculitis Mainly small joints Additive


Here are other inflammatory and non-inflammatory pain conditions that share some similarities with arthritis:

  • Arthralgia is a non-inflammatory pain in a single joint.
  • Polyarthralgia refers to pain in multiple joints that does include inflammation, a characteristic of arthritis.
  • Oligoarticular disease or oligoarthritis affects two to four joints.
  • Osteoarthritis causes pain in the hip, hand and knee joints.
  • Myalgia is non-inflammatory muscle pain.
  • Polymyalgia affects several muscles.

The Newbern Suites

To promote your recovery, our Newbern Suites offers the concierge services of a luxury hotel. The private rooms provide a high level of comfort and quality healthcare in a stress-free environment.

The Suites is an atmosphere of quiet relaxation with elegantly decorated and furnished rooms. Our highly trained chefs prepare your meals according to your needs and preferences. We also have excellent amenities and personalized care at your disposal.


Orthopedic Patient, James Gough is grateful to James Carr, MD, orthopedic surgeon for the positive results obtained after his knee surgery procedure. Call Ian Finn, MSN, RN, Nurse Navigator at 561-671-7127 or email [email protected] for more information on the procedure or for a physician referral.

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