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Joint problems from an injury or disease can cause pain and impact your mobility. We look at the causes of joint pain and treatments.
The structure of a joint consists of bone and connective tissue, such as ligaments, cartilage and tendon. Each element is there to perform a specific task:
Problems in a joint, whether due to injury or disease, can affect your range of movement and cause varying degrees of pain. Performing certain movements or activities, such as walking or exercise, may increase the amount of pain that you are feeling. This is because you are putting pressure on a particular joint that may be damaged or diseased.
Chronic pain in the joints can have a profound effect upon your range of movement, which in turn can have a lasting detrimental impact upon your quality life.
Muscle and joint pain are extremely common problems and there are also many different causes. Here, we will look at the some of the most common causes, symptoms and treatments available to you if you are experiencing any pain in the joints.
At different times in your life, you may have experienced:
The type of joint pain you are experiencing can be a good indicator to your consultant of the potential causes. Five of the most common causes of joint pain are: ·
Joint pain can vary in intensity and scope, from dull and infrequent to severe and debilitating. While mild, short-term joint pain is more easily managed than serious long-term pain, the quality of your life can be affected significantly regardless.
You may have pain in one joint or in many joints, depending on what is causing it. The most typical joints where you are most like to experience pain include:
For pain caused by an injury or bursitis, treatment may involve:
Additional options include steroid tablets or injections, biological treatments and disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs). Your Consultant will carefully assess these medications to see whether they are appropriate for you.