Joint Pain

Richard Goding, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Joint Preservation Institute of Iowa

Richard Goding, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon located in West Des Moines, IA & Corydon, IA

Whether you wake up in the morning with sore, stiff knees, or it hurts to lift your arm above your shoulder, joint pain can severely disrupt your life. At the Joint Preservation Institute of Iowa in West Des Moines and Corydon, Iowa, Richard Goding, MD, an experienced orthopedic surgeon who specializes in joint preservation techniques, provides expert diagnosis and treatment of joint pain. Don’t ignore joint pain, call your nearest office or schedule a consultation online today.

Joint Pain

What are the common causes of joint pain?

Until you develop joint pain, you probably don’t think much about the many joints in your body that allow you to stand, walk, run, reach, and grasp. Millions of Americans suffer from joint pain, from both chronic degenerative conditions and acute injuries.

Some common causes of joint pain are:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Lupus
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout
  • Tendinitis
  • Ligament and tendon tears
  • Infections


You can develop pain in any joint in your body, from your toes up through your spine, shoulders, neck, and jaw. Joint pain is often accompanied by stiffness, swelling, and reduced mobility.

When should I talk to a doctor about joint pain?

You should make an appointment with Dr. Goding if you have joint pain that lasts for more than a couple of days. You shouldn’t wait to make an appointment if you suffer an obvious injury, have a visible deformity, or if your joint is completely immobile.

Other signs you need medical attention include sudden swelling or if your joint is warm to touch.

How is the cause of joint pain diagnosed?

At the Joint Preservation Institute of Iowa, Dr. Goding provides comprehensive exams and consultations to evaluate your joint pain and identify its cause. 

During your physical exam, he feels your joint for swelling and deformities. He might ask you to stand or walk around the office or hold your painful joint as he moves it.

When necessary, Dr. Goding orders X-rays and MRIs to see the inside of your joint in detail. He might also suggest a diagnostic arthroscopic surgery to diagnose your condition.

How is joint pain treated?

Dr. Goding is a nationally leading orthopedic expert who specializes in joint preservation. He offers cutting-edge treatments to repair your joint and reduce your pain. Some of the most common procedures to address joint pain include:

  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Superior capsular reconstruction
  • Shoulder dislocation surgery
  • Joint replacements
  • Collagen meniscus implants
  • Subchondroplasty
  • Cartilage restorative surgery
  • Carpal tunnel surgery
  • Cubital surgery
  • Tennis elbow surgery


Whenever possible, Dr. Goding uses minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery to repair injured or damaged joints. He also offers COOLIEF® radiofrequency ablation to reduce nerve-related joint pain.

If you’re looking for an expert orthopedist to assess and treat your joint pain, call the Joint Preservation Institute of Iowa or schedule an appointment with Dr. Goding online today.