Joint Pain

Joint Pain

Definition

The joint pain will be discomfort, pain, or inflammation arising from any a part of a joint — including cartilage, bone, ligaments, tendons, or muscles. Most typically, however, joint pain refers to arthritis or arthralgia, which is inflammation or pain from within the joint itself.

The joint pain will be mild, causing only after certain activities it will be severe, making even limited movement, particularly bearing weight, extremely painful.

Causes

The joint pain will be caused by many sorts of injuries or conditions. it should be linked to arthritis, bursitis, and muscle pain. No matter what causes it, joint pain will be very bothersome. Some things that may cause joint pain are:

  • Autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus Bursitis
  • Chondromalacia patellae
  • Crystals within the joint: gout (especially found within the big toe) and CPPD arthritis (pseudo gout)
  • Infections caused by a virus
  • Injury, like a fracture
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteomyelitis (bone infection)
  • Septic arthritis (joint infection)
  • Tendinitis
  • Unusual exertion or overuse, including strains or sprains
  • Home Care
  • Follow your doctor's recommendation for treating the reason for the pain.
  • Nonarthritis Joint pain, both rest and exercise are important. A warm bath, massage, and stretching exercises should be used as often as possible.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) may help the soreness feel better. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) like ibuprofen or naproxen may help relieve pain and swelling. Ask your health care provider before giving aspirin or NSAIDs like ibuprofen to children. When to Contact a Medical Professional

Contact your health care provider if:

  • You’ve got a fever that's not associated with flu symptoms.
  • You’ve got lost 10 pounds or more without trying (unintended weight loss).
  • You have severe, unexplained joint pain and swelling, particularly if you've got other unexplained symptoms. What to Expect at Your Office Visit

Your doctor or nurse will perform a physical exam and ask you questions about your medical record and symptoms, including:

• Which joint hurts? is that the pain on one side or both sides?

• Have you injured your joint?

• Have you had an illness, rash, or fever?

• What other symptoms does one have?

• Is there any numbness?

• Can you bend and straighten the joint? Does the joint feel stiff?