What causes joints warm? 12 possible conditions

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Definition

Warm joints is the sensation of warmth or heat in or around one or more joints.

Alternative Names

Joint warmth.

Synopsis

Warm joints is a feeling of warmth or heat in a joint.

Associated Diagnoses

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
  • Rheumatic fever
  • Gout
  • Lyme disease
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Gonorrhea
  • Tendon inflammation
  • Toxic synovitis
  • Tennis elbow

Treatments

Assess and treat the underlying condition. Stretching and movement to maintain joint mobility may help maintain joint function. Swimming, applying heat and cold, weight control and good nutrition will help maintain joint mobility.

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Joint warmth is sudden in onset severe, or accompanied by fever, chills, skin rash or limited range of motion in the joint.

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See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

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Arthritis

Arthritis is inflammation of the joints (where bones meet) in one or more areas of the body. This condition is most commonly seen in adults, but it can also develop in children and teens.

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Bursitis

Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursae, the fluid-filled sacs that help reduce friction where tendons, skin, and muscle tissues meet bones. Inflammation can cause discomfort and limit range of motion.

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Infectious (Septic) Arthritis

Infectious arthritis occurs when an infection that usually begins in another area of the body due to surgery, open wounds, or injections spreads to a joint or the fluid surrounding the joint (synovial fluid).

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4

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is an infectious condition transmitted via tick bite. A "bull's eye" rash at the site of the bite is an early symptom of this disease.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Overview

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease, a disease in which the immune system mistakes the body's own cells for invaders. In RA, the immune system attacks the synovia, the membranes lining the joints.

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Tendon Sheath Inflammation (Tenosynovitis)

Tendons, the fibrous tissues that connect muscles to bones, are covered by a protective sheath called synovium, which keeps tendons lubricated. Injury to this area can disrupt this function, causing inflammation.

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Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of arthritis that primarily affects your spine. It causes severe inflammation of the vertebrae that might eventually lead to chronic pain and disability.

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Rheumatic Fever

Rheumatic fever is a possible and potentially serious complication of strep throat. It tends to occur in children between five and 15 years old. Rash is one possible sign of this condition.

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Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is a form of chronic arthritis that affects children. It is a long-term autoimmune condition characterized by stiffness and swelling in the joints. Most cases of JRA are mild.

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Gout Overview

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by too much uric acid in the blood. When the concentration of uric acid gets too high, sharp urate crystals form and collect in the joints, causing swelling and intense pain.

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Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is painful inflammation of the elbow joint caused by repetitive stress (overuse). The pain is typically felt on the outside (lateral) part of the upper arm just above the elbo...

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Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear

An ACL tear happens when the ligament in your knee that holds the shinbone in place is torn. This type of injury usually occurs in athletes, and may cause bone bruising.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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