Joint Pain

Overview

It is true that every person will complain about joint pain at least once in his or her lifetime. Usually, the pain occurs in the spine in the neck and lower back region, knee, fingers, shoulders, fingers, and ankle. Joint pains are of multiple types, and there are different causes behind them. From poor posture to wear and tear of cartilage, repetitive muscle stress to ligament and tendon stress, there are so many reasons behind joint pain.

Sometimes, direct bone trauma can lead to knee joint pain. Some of you might even suffer from finger joint pain if you suffered from direct trauma to the joint. Other than that, there are multiple diseases, which have been attributed to joint pains. Some of those are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, spondylitis, spondylolisthesis, and similar such instances.

Sometimes, age-related changes in the joints can result in unbearable pain. You can feel the hip joint pain growing with age and need to consult a doctor immediately before the pain gets way out of hand. Moreover, the pain in and around the joints is mostly observed with stiffness, swelling, warmth, and redness, abnormal sensation, or even numbness.

If you leave the leg joint pain, elbow joint pain, or other joint pains untreated for a long time, that will restrict your free movements. It might reduce the current activities of the individual as well, which otherwise leads to that poorer quality of life.

Plan Consultation

Symptoms

In some cases, your hand joint pain or any other joint pain will need you to see a doctor. You must make an appointment if you are unsure of the pain’s cause and experiencing some unexplained symptoms. Some of those are:

  • The area around the joint section getting swollen up, tender, red, or even warm to touch
  • Pain persisting for 3 days and more
  • Having fever but without any other flu signs
  • Experienced any serious injury
  • The joints seem to be deformed
  • The joint becomes completely immobile
  • Suffering from major joint pain


Causes

There are various joint pain causes that you need to be aware of, and one of the major ones is arthritis. There are two forms to be noted, such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Then you have joint pain reason to consider as well. Those are:

  • Lupus
  • Gout
  • Bursitis
  • Infectious diseases like mumps, influenza, and hepatitis
  • Any injury
  • Tendinitis
  • Chondromalacia of the patella
  • Infection of joint or the bone
  • Cancer
  • Joint overuse
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Rickets
  • Osteoporosis

When to See Physiotherapist

It is always important to seek the advice and medical attention of a doctor if you are suffering from any of the symptoms associated with joint pain mentioned before. If the shoulder joint pain is getting way out of hand or the thumb joint pain seems unbearable, then you need to contact the professionals immediately. The physiotherapist will help in diagnosing the condition and treat it well or can make a referral for specialist care.

Risks

There are certain risk factors, which might force you to suffer from joint pains even more. Some of those are:

  • Excess weight for pressure on joints or obesity
  • Smoking resulting in chronic pain
  • Higher age group
  • Injuries to the joint section
  • Stress and dissatisfying lifestyle choices
  • Hard physical labor

How to Prevent

There are some major attributes, which will help you to avoid joint pain and keep it at bay for a long time. Those are:

  • Avoid wearing high heels
  • Move around more and don’t stand still for a long time
  • Warm-up before and after exercises to get the muscles going
  • Don’t risk a fall, as an unstable knee might cause more damage
  • Avoid being overweight, for which you need to keep a check on your diet plan
  • Try moving towards acupuncture if the pain is getting intolerable and you need treatment for the same


Treatments

Before you head for the best joint pain treatment, a thorough physical examination is a must. It will help the doctors to determine the main course of treatment to follow. For the initial pain, you can start with the home remedies for joint pain, but it is always advisable to visit the doctor to get a professional opinion if you don’t want the pain to get out of hand.

Some of the joint pains related to inflammatory pathologies will need anti-inflammatories and medicines to target that pathology like rheumatoid arthritis and gout. On the other hand, you have physical therapy, which will solely focus on restoring g the pain-free movement at the joint. It will reduce the pain’s intensity level overall.

Expert doctors and physiotherapists might perform some of the pain management and healing enhancement procedures to help you get rid of joint pain in no time. You will receive instant joint pain relief with the help of methods like Cupping therapy, Dry needling therapy, Ultrasound, TENS, and laser therapies.

If you are suffering from joint stiffness and restriction because of muscular problems, that calls for chiropractic adjustments, manipulation and mobilization as well. You need to perform some ergonomic activities for postural correction as well, as a significant part of your rehab course. The main goal is to focus on some exercises to increase flexibility and strengthening the muscles, which reinforce the joints.

Related Conditions

Apart from basic joint pain treatment, reputed physiotherapists can help to treat various kinds of arthritis-like osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis. They will focus on muscle and ligaments as well.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best vitamin for your joint pains?

There are various nutritional supplements, which promise to relieve you from pain, stiffness, and some other arthritis symptoms. Some of the best vitamins will be Glucosamine and chondroitin, omega-3 fatty acids, SAM-e, and curcumin.

How can you protect your joints?

Keep moving and minimize stress on your joints to keep pain at bay.

How to improve joint health?

A healthy weight-centric diet plan and correct postures will help you to improve your joint’s health. Make sure to stay active to reduce stiffness.

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