Have you ever started to experience joint pain and wondered what exactly is causing it? We see many patients for joint pain in our office in Dallas and this is a question that we have to answer quite frequently. There can be many joint pain causes and it is a fairly common complaint in the U.S. What exactly is joint pain? Joint pain is simply referring to any aching or discomfort in the joints of the body such as the shoulders, hips, elbows and knees. We are here to discuss some of the most common reasons that you may be experiencing joint pain.
Causes of Joint Pain #1- ArthritisArthritis is one of the most common causes of joint pain with 54 million people suffering from it. The two major types of arthritis are Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). OA is caused by overuse of the joints while RA is caused by underlying medical conditions like autoimmune disorders where the disorder causes the body to attack the joints.
Causes of Joint Pain #2- InjuriesJoint pain can also be caused by an injury to the area surrounding the joint, and not necessarily to the joint itself. If the ligaments, tendons, or fluid sacs (bursa) surrounding or within the joint are damaged you can experience joint pain. If you have experienced an injury it is important to seek medical attention immediately so that your joint pain does not begin to worsen over time.
Causes of Joint Pain #3- FibromyalgiaFibromyalgia can be oftentimes mistaken for arthritis because of the joint pain that people who are diagnosed with it experience. Fibromyalgia is a widespread musculoskeletal pain disorder. It can cause everything from poor sleep, mood issues, joint pain, chronic fatigue, and more.
Symptoms of Joint PainIf your joints are starting to bother you and you are also experiencing any of the following symptoms if may be time to come in and see your pain management specialist:
- Joint Redness
- Joint Swelling
- Locking of The Joint
- Joint Warmth
- Loss of Range of Motion