Joints play such an important part in our body. Joints undergo an incredible amount of stress. Joints connect your bones, support your weight, and allow you to move. Over time, joints can endure much wear and tear, ultimately leading to joint pain.
First off, what is joint pain? “Joint pain is discomfort that arises from any joint — the point where two or more bones meet.” (MayoClinic.com)
Aching joints can mean a number of different conditions. “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 to your shoulders. As you get older, painful joints become increasingly more common.” (WebMD.com)
All joint pain is not considered arthritis, but one of the problems of joint pain could possibly be arthritis. Specifically, arthritis is a joint disorder featuring inflammation. There are over 100 different types of arthritis!
Joint pain can sometimes be treated at home in the following ways:
- Over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or naproxen sodium (such as Aleve).
- Overuse of your joint, as that could worsen the pain.
- Apply an ice pack to the joint 15-20 minutes, a couple of times a day.
If the problem persists you should always consult your doctor. Your doctor will try to diagnose the problem. Treatment options usually consist of medications, topical agents, injections and physical therapy.
See a doctor if any of the following occur:
- Tenderness and warmth around the joint
- Joint deformity
- Inability to use the joint
- Intense pain
Joint pain impacts each individual very differently. It is important to note that early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent joint damage.
“Joint Point.” WebMD.com. http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/guide/joint-pain
“Understanding Arthritis.” Arthritis Foundation. http://www.arthritis.org/conditions-treatments/understanding-arthritis/
“Joint Pain.” MayoClinic.com. http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/joint-pain/basics/definition/SYM-20050668
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