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.