What are the causes of your joint pain?

Joint pain is a common ailment with several possible causes, however it is typically a result of injury or arthritis. In elderly people, joint pain eventually gets worse and leads to active symptoms of osteoarthritis. It may affect a single joint or the joints all over your body. Must seek your doctor’s advice immediately if you have chronic symptoms of osteoarthritis

Knee pain

The knee joint is doubtless the most frequently damaging joints and is peculiarly exposed as it takes the full weight of your body

Inflammation of the joint lining

If you have injured the joint lately and it unexpectedly becomes painful again, it is an indication of the inflamed joints and tendons. However, the inflamed joint lining does not cause redness or heat

Gout or Pseudogout

If the skin above the joint is hot and red, the pain proceeds in continuous attacks, the causes might be the gout or pseudogout

Gout or Pseudogout both conditions are types of arthritis

Gout typically influence the joint of the big toe initially, before taking effect on the other joints. A proper diagnosis of the Gout helps avoid future attacks of joint pain and disability

Pseudogout is a similar condition of gout, but typically attacks the knee joint first.Seek your physician  if you think you have either condition

Bleeding into the joint space

If you’ve recently had an injury to the knee joint, such as a torn ligament or fracture, it may cause bleeding into the joint spaces.

Signs of bleeding joint space are:

  • Swelling of the knee
  • Warmth
  • Stiffness and bruising, which occur soon after the injury

You should go to hospital immediately for treatment if you have a very swollen knee joint

Rare causes

Sudden pain in a joint is less commonly caused by:

  • A fracture, broken arm or wrist, broken leg, broken ankleor hip fracture
  • Reactive arthritis– which usually develops after an infection and tends to affect young adults
  • Psoriatic arthritis– a type of arthritis that affects up to one in five people with psoriasis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis– which can start in just one joint, with the pain coming and going
  • Osgood-Schlatter’s disease– swelling and tenderness over the bony bump just below the kneecap

Rarely, the cause may be:

  • Septic arthritis– a serious condition that causes a painful, hot, swollen joint that you won’t be able to move sometimes come with fever
  • An inherited condition that affects the blood’s ability to clot
  • A tropical infection
  • Cancer
  • Crumbling of the bone (avascular necrosis) – caused by a lack of blood supply
  • Repeated dislocation of the joint