Joint Pain and How to Manage it

Joint pain is typically felt in the hands, feet, hips, knees, or spine. It makes it challenging for an individual to perform simple tasks and may affect how the joint works. The joint may occasionally feel painful and stiff in the morning but get looser and feel better with activity. However, too much exertion could aggravate the pain. Read on to learn the causes of joint pain and how it can be managed.

What are the Causes of Joint Pain?

The following are the main reasons for persistent joint pain:

  • A common kind of arthritis called osteoarthritis develops gradually during middle age when the cartilage, which serves as a cushion between the bones, wears down. Joints start to hurt and stiffen.
  • A persistent condition that injures the joints and produces swelling is rheumatoid arthritis. Frequently, the joints deform (usually occurring in the fingers and wrists).
  • Crystals from the body build up in the joint in the painful condition known as gout, which results in excruciating pain and swelling.
  • Bursitis is a condition caused by overuse. It commonly occurs in the shoulder, elbow, hip, or knee.
  • Joint movement may be uncomfortable if there is a fever, rash, or viral illness.

injuries like sprains and fractures

  • Tendonitis is an inflammation of the flexible bands that join bone to muscle or tendons. It usually results from overuse and might develop in the elbow, heel, or shoulder.

How is Joint Pain Treated?

Home Health Care

The joint pain brought on by arthritis can neither be totally eliminated nor prevented from relapsing with any currently available treatments. But there are techniques to control the discomfort:

  • Keep moving and adhere to a fitness regimen that emphasizes moderate exercise.
  • To keep your joints in a good range of motion during exercise, stretch before you start.
  • To lessen pain, swelling, and inflammation, topical painkillers and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications may be helpful.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight range. The joint stress will be reduced as a result.
  • If your discomfort isn’t brought on by arthritis, try getting a massage, taking a warm bath, stretching periodically, and getting enough rest.

Medical Attention

The causes of your pain will determine your therapy options. To check for an infection, gout, or other reasons for joint discomfort, your doctor may occasionally need to drain any stored fluid from the joint area. They might also suggest having the joint replaced surgically.

When Should You Visit a Healthcare Specialist?

Your joint pain may sometimes necessitate a visit to the doctor. If you don’t know what’s causing your joint discomfort or if you have other strange symptoms, you should schedule an appointment.

You must also visit a physician if:

  • The pain lasts for three days or more
  • You have severe pain and fever but no other symptoms of the flu
  • The area around the joint is red, painful, swollen, or heated to the touch.

A visit to the emergency room may be necessary if any of the following issues happen:

  • The joint seems to be deformed
  • You’ve sustained a critical injury
  • Joint swelling appears out of nowhere
  • The joint can’t move at all

The LeJeune Integrated Medical Centers’ experts create personalized treatment plans to reduce pain symptoms by determining the underlying causes of joint pain.  If you have any questions about joint pain or wish to book a free consultation, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.