Pain in a joint.

Symptoms of Joint Pain

The following features are indicative of Joint Pain:
  • joint injury
  • swelling
  • illnesses
  • redness
  • tenderness
  • loss of range of motion of the joint
  • stiffness
  • weakness
It is possible that Joint Pain shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Joint Pain

The following are the most common causes of Joint Pain:
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • lupus
  • bursitis
  • gout
  • osteoarthritis
  • osteomyelitis
  • septic arthritis
  • tendinitis
  • Paget's disease of bone

Risk Factors for Joint Pain

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Joint Pain:
  • obesity
  • autoimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis)
  • smoking
  • viral infection
  • joint injuries

Prevention of Joint Pain

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Joint Pain. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • warm baths
  • massage
  • stretching exercise

Occurrence of Joint Pain

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Joint Pain cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Joint Pain can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Joint Pain can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Joint Pain

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Joint Pain:
  • X-rays: To visualize bone and view cartilage loss, bone damage and bone spurs
  • Computerized tomography scan: To visualize both bone and the surrounding soft tissues
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): To produce more-detailed cross-sectional images of soft tissues
  • Ultrasound: To view soft tissues, cartilage and fluid-containing structures

Doctor for Diagnosis of Joint Pain

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Joint Pain:
  • Rheumatologist
  • Orthopedic surgeon

Complications of Joint Pain if untreated

Yes, Joint Pain causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Joint Pain is left untreated:
  • joints may become twisted and deformed
  • joint damage

Procedures for Treatment of Joint Pain

The following procedures are used to treat Joint Pain:
  • Joint replacement surgery: Removes the damaged joint and replaces it with an artificial one
  • Joint repair: Reduces pain and improve function
  • Joint fusion: Removes the ends of the two bones in the joint

Medicines for Joint Pain

Below is the list of medicines used for Joint Pain:

Self-care for Joint Pain

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Joint Pain:
  • Exercise: Strengthen the muscles surrounding joints
  • Weight loss: Reduces the stress on the weight-bearing joints
  • Quit smoking: Reduces stress on connective tissues

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Joint Pain

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Joint Pain:
  • Acupuncture: Reduce many types of pain, including that caused by some types of arthritis
  • Yoga: Improve joint flexibility and range of motion in people with some types of arthritis
  • Massage: Increases blood flow and warm affected joints

Patient Support for Treatment of Joint Pain

The following actions may help Joint Pain patients:
  • Patient education and support: Improves or maintain function and quality of life

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 9/24/2020.
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