What Is Joint Pain?
Any damage to the joint from disease or injury can interfere with your movement and cause a lot of pain. Many different conditions can lead to painful joints, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, gout, strains, sprains, and other injuries.
Many different conditions can lead to painful joints, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, gout, strains, sprains, and other injuries. Joint pain is extremely common. In one national survey, about one-third of adults reported having joint pain within the past 30 days. Knee pain was the most common complaint, followed by shoulder and hip pain, but joint pain can affect any part of your body, from your ankles and feet to your shoulders and hands. As you get older, painful joints become increasingly more common.
Your doctor will first try to diagnose and treat the condition that is causing your joint pain. The goal is to reduce pain and inflammation, and preserve joint function.
What Causes Joint Pain?
Joint pain can be caused by injury or disease affecting any of the ligaments, bursae, or tendons surrounding the joint. Injury or disease can also affect the ligaments, cartilage, and bones within the joint, leading to a painful joint. Pain is also a feature of joint inflammation (arthritis) and infection and can be a feature of rare tumors of the joint.
What Are the Symptoms of Joint Pain?
Joint pain can be aggravated by motion, pressure, or weight-bearing resistance with activity. Joint pain can be associated with local warmth, swelling, and tenderness.
What Is the Treatment for Joint Pain?
The treatment of joint pain is directed toward the precise underlying cause. If the problem is an injury, the initial treatment often includes rest, cold applications, and anti-inflammatory medications. Additional medications for pain control may or may not be required. Gradual rehabilitation physical therapy may be needed.
If there is a form of arthritis causing the joint pain, anti-inflammatory medications may be recommended, followed by other medications directed at the cause of arthritis. If there is the disease of the bone, ligament, or cartilage, the surgical operation may be required.
What Is the Medical Treatment for Joint Pain?
Medical treatment depends on the underlying cause of the joint pain as discussed above. If arthritis is causing joint pain, it can require anti-inflammatory medication and a variety of other medications depending on the type of arthritis. Surgery can be required for cartilage or ligament damage.
How Can Prevent Joint Pain?
Whether or not joint pain is preventable depends on whether it is caused by injury or disease. Injuries to joints can often be prevented by proper sports gear and training. The disease generally is not avoidable, but once medical treatment programs have been initiated, they can be essential to preventing recurrent joint pain.