Joint pain is common. It can be felt in the hands and feet, hips, knees or spine. It can be constant, or it may change from one day to the next. Sometimes, the joint may feel stiff, achy or sore. Patients may complain of a burning sensation, throbbing or “grating” sensation. The joint might feel stiff at first, but it will become more flexible and comfortable with activity and movement. Too much activity can make the pain worse.
Joint pain can affect the function of the joints and limit one’s ability do basic tasks. A severe case of joint pain can impact your quality of life. The treatment should not be limited to pain, but also address the affected activities or functions.
What Causes Pain in the Joints?
These are the most common causes for chronic pain in the joints:
- Osteoarthritis is a common form of arthritis. It occurs when the cartilage (the protective cushion between the bones) wears away. The joints become stiff and painful. Osteoarthritis is a slow-growing condition that usually develops in middle age.
- Rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic condition that causes swelling and pain in joints, is called “Rheumatoid.” The joints can become deformed, usually in the wrists and fingers.
- Gout is a condition that causes severe pain and swelling when crystals from the body build up in the joints. It usually happens in the big toe.
- Bursitis is most commonly found in the hips, knees, elbows, and shoulder.
- Joint pain can be caused by viral infections, rash or fever.
- Tendinitis refers to inflammation of the tendons or the flexible bands connecting bone and muscle. This is most commonly seen at the elbow, heel, and shoulder. It is often caused by excessive use.
A medical professional wrote this article at Florida Medical Pain Management. Florida Medical Pain Management is proud to offer comprehensive pain management services to a diverse group of patients. Patients at Florida Medical Pain Management can get help managing hip, knee, leg, and neck pain. The practice also offers comprehensive arthritis management, along with treatments for auto accidents, sports, and work injuries as well as ketamine infusion therapy.