Joint pain causes discomfort that can range from a minor nuisance to a life threatening infection.

Finding its causes and sources is the start of getting the right help so you can regain full health.

Common causes of joint pain include:

  • Injury: Overusing your body can bring pain, and strains to the soft tissues surrounding the joint and the joint itself.
  • Arthritis: Inflammation of the joints not only causes pain, but stiffness, heat, and redness of the skin.
  • Fibromyalgia: This chronic condition brings body-wide pain that is often confused with arthritis. It brings pain in the knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, and other areas of the body.
  • Tendinitis: Inflamed and irritated tendons will bring chronic pain, stiffness in the hips, and pains in the large joints including shoulders, elbow, and ankles.
  • Bursitis: Inflammation of the fluid sac between the tendon and the skin causes joint pain, as well as pain in the arm, foot, and knee.
  • Lupus: This autoimmune disorder brings general discomfort, fatigue, fever, nausea, vomiting, skin rash, swollen glands, and other symptoms.
  • Gout: A type of arthritis that affects the joints, most commonly the big toe, heel, ankle, wrist or elbow.
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome: This condition brings prolonged fatigue, joint pain, inability to concentrate, and migratory pain all over the body.
  • Other causes of joint pain include hepatitis, flu, Lyme disease, mumps, rheumatic fever, Epstein-Barr virus, and chondromalacia patellae (runner’s knee).

Describing your symptoms to your doctor will help him or her decide what tests are best to determine your joint pain causes.