Body aches, sore knees, elbows, shoulders...what are the joint pain causes?
Joint pain can be due to fairly mild illnesses, such as an overuse injury or sprain that respond well to remedies like rest and self-care.
Joint pain can be due to traumatic injury (dislocation), infection (septic arthritis or rheumatic fever), autoimmune diseases (Sjogren's syndrome), chronic degenerative diseases (arthritis), or malignancy (cancer).
Some of these diseases and disorders are serious and potentially life-threatening, especially if not treated promptly.
Injury-Related Joint Pain Causes
If you could choose one of the causes of joint pain that is the reason of your aches, you would want to choose physical injuries, because at least you know what happened (easy diagnosis) and how to recover (any doctors will tell you exactly).
Joint pain can arise from traumatic injury, including:
- Joint dislocation
- Joint separation
- Ligament sprains
- Overuse injuries
- Repetitive motions
- Sports injuries
- Torn ligaments or cartilage
Infectious Causes of Joint Pain
As I said before, if you experience joint pain because of some sport injury, you know what you're dealing with. You'll have to rest, take some medications, do some rehab maybe, but that's it.
Unfortunately, joint pain causes can also hide behind something more serious.
In fact, joint pain can be caused by infectious diseases, including:
- Lyme disease
- Osteomyelitis (bone infection)
- Septic, or infectious arthritis
Other More Serious Causes of Joint Pain
Joint pain may also be caused by the deterioration of articular structures, inflammatory diseases, and autoimmune diseases, such as:
- Ankylosing spondylitis (inflammation of the joints between the vertebrae of the spine)
- Bursitis (inflammation of the cushions in joints)
- Fibromyalgia (chronic disease that causes pain, stiffness, and weakness)
- Gout (a type of arthritis)
- Rheumatic fever
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Sjogren's syndrome (an autoimmune disease that affects the mucous membranes and moisture glands of the eyes and mouth, initially causing dry eyes and mouth)
- Tendonitis (inflammation of a tendon)
Other causes of joint pain can be related to bone diseases like:
- Bone cancer
- Paget's disease (abnormal bone formation and turnover)
Joint Pain Diagnosis and Complications
To diagnose the underlying disease that could be one of your joint pain causes, your doctor or licensed health care practitioner will ask you several questions about your pain, including:
- What is the degree of pain?
- When did the pain start?
- It is a particular time of the day it occurs?
- How long does it last?
- Are there any activities that cause/increase pain?
- Are you experiencing any other sensations, such as numbness , tingling etc.?
Possible complications associated with joint pain can be progressive, and vary depending on the underlying cause.
Because joint pain can be due to serious diseases, failure to seek treatment can result in complications. It 'important to contact your healthcare provider if you experience any type of persistent joint pain or any other unusual symptoms.
Once the underlying cause is diagnosed, it is important to follow the treatment plan outlined by your healthcare provider to reduce the risk of potential complications related to joint pain, such as:
- Joint deformity
- Loss of mobility
- Permanent joint damage
- Poor quality of life
I know what you're thinking: "I was just looking for common and simple joint pain causes, not I am very worried I might have something bad...".
As always, surfing the internet is potentially dangerous in these cases.
Every time I have a problem (I am talking about health) I try to search what it could be, and of course if I think I am getting a cold, I always end up worrying I might have a tumor.
That's because the internet gives you every possible case scenario, even the worst, and just because we don't know the answer to our case we tend to worry.
My advice, just go talk to your doctor before you surf! Even a sore throat can be the symptom of a tumor right?
There are many possible joint pain causes, but you more likely did a wrong movement at the gym or...sad to admit I know...you're just aging!
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