The causes of joint discomfort and pain are varied. Any pain that comes on suddenly, without cause, or is extreme requires immediate medical attention. Other pain, that could be characterized as more of an irritant, the type we refer to as “a nagging pain” can often be treated with home remedies. However, if after a few days or if something doesn’t feel right, talk to your doctor.
Common Causes Of Joint Discomfort & Pain:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Trauma to Affected Area
- Side Effect of Medication
- Viral Infection
- Over Use or Repetitive Strain
- A Disease, such as Lupus
- Lyme Disease
The treatment options available will be dependent on the results of a thorough examination by your doctor to determine the exact cause of the pain.
Overview of Common Joint Pain Conditions
Gout – Primarily affects the joint in the big toe on the foot and is caused by a build up of uric acid. This acid then accumulates and crystallizes around the affected joint which can cause attacks or flare ups of intense burning pain. New prescription medications are now available for those suffering from severe cases or unable to tolerate NSAID pain relievers.
Rheumatoid Arthritis – Is caused by and autoimmune disease that affects the synovial joints in the body. Genetics is a leading cause of RA. The swelling caused to these flexible joints can cause deformities and loss of use of the hands and fingers. This is a chronic condition with no cure but many treatment options.
Osteoarthritis – While both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis both result in pain in the joints, the causes of osteoarthritis are significantly different. Osteo-Arthritis is caused by the breaking down of the joints, cartilage and bones. The pain is frequently caused by wear and tear, an inevitable part of the aging process, along with hereditary factors. One of the dangers from this type of arthritis is that the pain and discomfort it causes will result in less activity thus leading to a further weakening of the affected area.
Lyme Disease – The cause of Lyme Disease is certainly well known in recent years as it has been impressed on all of us to take precautions to repel ticks, specifically deer ticks. On of the problems in identifying the cause of the joint pain which can be caused by deer tick induced Lyme disease is that an infected tick bite can easily go unnoticed. However, anytime you see the telltale sign, which is a bulls eye shaped rash you should seek medical attention. However, in some cases, the bullseye rash will not appear.
Repetitive Strain Injury(RSI) – Also known as a repetitive stress injury is the result of the repeated and constant use of a joint, tendon or muscle over time. This type of pain can often be treated through behavior modification i.e. stopping the activity that is causing the pain, or in certain circumstances, such as with carpal tunnel, surgery may be an effective option. If you feel pain in your hands, fingers, or other extremities you should immediately work to find a solution to eliminate this pain. Much like a cavity, it simply won’t get better on it’s own.
Lupus – This is an autoimmune disease that can cause inflamation and severe pain. An exact cause of Lupus is still unknown however family history and other environmental factors will be evaluated by your physician should you exhibit Lupus symptoms.
Prevention of Joint Pain
Much of the pain associated with our muscles and joints is caused by hereditary and environmental factors beyond our control. However, eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of sleep, keeping weight under control, and regular exercise will not only help to prevent joint pain but also stave off the causes of many other health and medical conditions.
Please comment on your particular experiences and again ALWAYS SEEK MEDICAL HELP IMMEDIATELY if you think something wrong. JointPainTreatments.com should never be used to treat or diagnose any medical condition. We are here to provide a community of support to sufferers of pain in the joints that can be extremely frustrating due to the number of causes. However, it is important to be persistent with your health care provider in getting a proper diagnosis and relief. Again, thanks to all and please share your stories with us.