Joints are generally referred to the meeting point of the bones. Joints allow the bones of your skeleton to function and eases movement. Joints include:
Joint pain ascribed as discomfort, aches, and soreness in any of the body’s joints. Joint pain is a common complaint yet, its symptoms are ignored by many. Sometimes, a joint pain is the consequence of an injury or disease in any of the structures of the joint. Joint pain is also referred to as Arthralgia.
DID YOU KNOW?
- The injury or disease in the joints can also affect the ligaments, cartilage, and bones within the joint.
- Pain is also a feature of joint inflammation (arthritis) and infection and can be a feature of rare tumors of the joint.
- The two main forms of arthritis are Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). OA is more prevalent in adults over the age of 40. The commonly affected joints are wrists, hands, knees, hips.
- The symptoms encompass stiffness, joint locking, malfunctioning of the joints, swelling, and limping.
CAUSES OF JOINT PAIN
- Poor posture
- Repetitive movement injury
- Lymph disease
- Deficiency of vital nutrients and vitamins
WHEN SHOULD YOU CONSULT A DOCTOR?
If you have pain in the joint that persists for three days or more, it should be evaluated by a healthcare practitioner. Moreover, severe pain in the joint should be medically evaluated as soon as possible. You should also see a doctor if the area around the joint is swollen, red, tender, or warm to the touch or you have a fever but no other signs of the flu.
HOW IS THE PAIN DIAGNOSED?
A joint X-ray may be useful for identifying arthritis-related joint damage. On the other hand, if the specialist speculates another cause, they may carry out a blood test to screen for certain autoimmune disorders. They may also perform a sedimentation rate test to measure the level of inflammation in the body or a complete blood count.
The treatment of joint pain or inflammation depends upon the causes of the pain. In some cases, your doctor will need to draw out accumulated fluid in the joint area. They might also recommend surgery to replace the joint. Other nonsurgical treatment methods could include lifestyle changes or medications that can potentially cause your RA to go into remission.