Common Symptoms of a Joint Condition
Persistent Pain in the Joint
Locking of Joint
Redness or Warmth
Reduced Range of Motion
Joint Pain Causes, Symptoms and Natural Joint Pain Relief Treatment
Joint pain is extremely common. One national survey showed that one-third of Americans had experienced joint pain within the last 30 days. Knee pain was the most common, followed by shoulder and hip pain, but joint pain can be felt anywhere from ankles and feet to hands and elbows
Joint pain can be mildly irritating to completely debilitating and can last a a short time or become a chronic long-term condition.
A joint is any place in your body where one bone connects with another. They are the spaces between the bones that allow for movement and function. When your joints move properly, your surrounding muscles and ligaments work properly. However, when your joints do not function as they intended, you end up with a cascade of issues.
Symptoms of a Joint Condition
While some symptoms of a joint condition may be obvious, such as excruciating pain or inability to use the joint, other symptoms may be mild and make you to wonder if you should get treatment or just wait for it to go away. Occasionally dysfunction in joints will subside on their own given time to rest and heal, but often the cause of dysfunction needs to be addressed and eliminated to get full recovery and avoid relapse.
Symptoms and warning signs that persist longer than a few days to a few weeks and should be examined to determine the cause and proper treatment include:
- Persistent pain in the joint that may come and go
- Locking of the joint
- Redness or warmth
- Reduced range of motion in the joint
- Sharp pain or dull ache
Causes of Joint Pain
Why do I have pain in my joints? There are many common causes of joint pain, ranging from injury to arthritis to infectious and inflammatory diseases. The most common are as follows:
Joint Injury and Overuse
Most often seen in our athletes, joint injuries like broken bones, dislocations and muscle sprains and strains can all obviously cause pain in your joints. Pain can also be caused by overuse with repetitive motions usually experienced in sports training, exercising, and some professions.
Many types of arthritis cause progressive, chronic joint pain. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis that causes pain in the joints of the hips, knees, hands or spine, according to the National Institutes of Health. Septic arthritis is an infection that has spread from another location of the body to one joint, causing severe pain. Gout is a type of arthritis that causes severe attacks of pain in the joints--usually in the big toe. According to the Mayo Clinic, pseudogout is a condition similar to gout that also causes sudden, painful swelling in the joints; however, it usually causes pain in the larger joints of the extremities.
Autoimmune diseases are those that occur when the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues in your body. Rheumatoid arthritis (an inflammatory disease that attacks the joints) and lupus (a chronic disease that causes inflammation in the kidneys, blood cells, skin, lungs and heart) may lead to severe joint pain.
Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that is characterized by the growth of small lumps called granulomas throughout the body, especially in the lungs or lymph nodes. According to the Mayo Clinic, the condition is thought to be caused by an abnormal immune response, and it can cause arthritis and joint pain in the wrists, hands, elbows and ankles.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, a number of infectious diseases can cause joint pain. For example, Lyme disease, an inflammatory disease caused by a tick bite, commonly causes joint swelling and discomfort, as does osteomyelitis, an acute or chronic bone infection caused by bacteria or fungi. Measles, mumps, rubella or German measles, flu virus, chickenpox, and rheumatic fever are other relatively common infectious diseases that can cause arthralgia. Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease common in children aged 5 to 15 years that develops as a complication of strep throat infection with group A streptococcus bacteria. Epstein-Barr virus is a very common infection that causes mononucleosis and other diseases that cause prolonged fatigue, weakness and flu-like symptoms, and it may also lead to joint pain.
Bursitis and Tendonitis
Bursitis is a condition characterized by the swelling of fluid-filled sacs, called bursae, found between tendons and skin or bone. It can cause acute or chronic pain in the joints, especially with movement.
Tendonitis, or the inflammation of a tendon that connects muscle to bone, can also cause painful joints. Commonly occurring in the elbow, Achilles tendon in the heel, wrist or shoulder, tendonitis is caused by injury, overuse, aging or systemic disease such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Natural Treatment for Lasting Joint Pain Relief
Rather than a temporary solution with medication or risky surgery, chiropractic treatment is the permanent solution that corrects the underlying cause of joint dysfunction. Normal ranges of motion are restored and inflammation reduced, allowing for soft tissue reactions to heal.
Book a complimentary consultation and exam to find out if Dr. Winchell’s progressive yet natural joint treatments are right for your joint pain condition to fix the root of the problem and help your body heal for lasting relief.
After an examination, occasionally a referral is necessary if a patient has a joint condition that is better treated with another medical specialty. If this is the case, Dr. Winchell works with excellent professionals in all areas of medicine and will be sure that you get to the proper care you need.
Either way, a visit with Dr. Winchell will get you on the road to recovery.