There are many types of pain. You may experience headaches or muscle spasms, but the type of pain that we are going to focus on is bone joint pain. This is the type of chronic pain that one experiences in the joints, bones, and tendons. This type of pain can hinder your ability to get things done around your house, at the office, and in your personal life. Our bones are the framework of our body. They give us the ability to walk and our joints give us the ability to stretch and move our arms, legs, and many other parts of our body. The inability to control the pain in your bones and joints can be extremely frustrating, but it doesn't have to stop you from living your life. However, first you need to understand what exactly causes bone and joint pain, what the symptoms are, how you are diagnosed with this condition, and how you can treat it.
What are the causes?
There are many varied causes of bone and joint pain. There is not a single cause and it can often be very difficult to figure out what the cause of the pain is in certain individuals. The cause could be genetics as individuals who have a family history of arthritis are more likely to have arthritis. Age also plays a large factor. Arthritis is very rarely experienced by children, teenagers, and young adults. The strength as well as the amount that you use your joints decreases with age leading to a higher risk of stiffness and pain in the bones. Arthritis can also be developed by a previous existing illness. Some of the illnesses that have been known to lead to arthritis are: fibromyalgia, gout, lupus, psoriasis, leukemia, and much more.
Sometimes individuals fall into multiple categories so the cause of their arthritis can be indeterminable altogether.
What are the symptoms?
There are many different types of arthritis including osteoporosis, back pain, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis just to name a few. Each condition has specific symptoms that are associated with it but there are some common symptoms. Some of these symptoms include: joint pain, joint stiffness, inability to sleep, tiredness, morning stiffness, swollen joints, the loss of the ability to stretch your joints, and a numbness or tingling in the hands and feet. Depending on the individual case they may experience just one of these symptoms or possibly all of them. The duration could be for a few times a week or they may experience one or more symptoms on a daily basis.
How is this diagnosed?
As we previously discussed it can be very hard for a medical professional to determine the cause as well as they type of arthritis that a person has. However, there are many ways that they medical professional will attempt to figure out what is happening with the patient. These tests usually begin because a patient has noticed that there is something off about their body and the way that they feel. The physician will start by making note of all of the relevant information that the patient has to provide. This information can include but is not limited to: how long has the patient been experiencing joint pain, when does the pain occur, how long does the pain last for, what part of the body is the pain present on, any other symptoms or irregularities is the patient experiencing? The physician will take all of this information into account before determining what type and what the cause of the pain may be. They will often do tests to rule out other illnesses that could potentially be causing the pain.
How is it treated?
There are many ways for joint pain treatments. Depending on the case and the physician the methods have a tendency to vary. Many seek out supplements to help build strength in their bones and to ease the amount of stiffness that they experience. Many use creams and ointments directly on the affected areas of their body. Physical therapy and physical fitness are nearly always utilized to treat joint pain. The bones and joints need to be used in order to cut down on stiffness and to increase flexibility. Many even change their diet to include foods that help maintain healthy bones and joints. As well as foods that reduce inflammation in the body. To build healthy bones, the body needs calcium and there are many foods that reduce inflammation including dairy products, salmon, and strawberries.
After reading this article, you now know some of the many causes, symptoms, and treatments for joint pain. If you have joint pain, you should seek the help of a medical professional to target the cause and a plan of action for your joint pain.