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Understanding joint pain

By on May 27, 2015

Joint pain is often connected to an imbalanced system

Joint pain is a widely spread condition that affects many people, thus being considered rather common in human pathology.

The main reason that leads to joint pain is related to increased pressure being placed on a certain area for a period that it is not sustainable by the certain cartilage or ligament. Bonding joints are located between the bones in order to ensure our proper dynamics during daily movement.

Aside from insuring mobility, joints are also interconnected with the bones, muscles and other structures in order to ensure a harmonious mobility for our system.

This interconnectivity is what usually makes joint pain unbearable. Depending on the duration of the pain the problem can be classified as acute or chronic (when the condition is constant for more than 6 months).

Classifying joint pain

Sore joints can be classified as intense, medium or slightly bearable. Prolonged pain can lead to the malfunctioning of the entire area (muscles, bones) as the body is forced to compensate. This leads to local sensitivity, redness, edema or bruising around the affected areas.

The stiff joint syndrome is also rather common as well as numbness.

Main causes for joint pain

There are a multitude of reasons for which joint pain can occur as they are related to every movement while also being interconnected to a variety of structures. This interconnectivity works both ways, as damage to any related structure will subsequently lead to joint pain.

However, the most common causes are related to overloading which leads to inflammation or trauma.

Other inflammatory causes can be bursitis, myostis, osteomyelitis or tendonitis and they often have infectious causes.

Another aggravating factor is age. Due to substance shifts inside the body that occur with aging, rheumatic fever tends to kick in. This is caused by the hemolytic streptococcus infection and is most common in middle-aged people.

What should we do when we feel joint pain

If you know the cause of the pain, apply ice on the affected area. Specific wrist bandages can be effective as well.

However, if the intensity of the pain increases or if you see swelling, redness, or other changes in the skin, it is very important that you go see a doctor immediately.

Is age the determinant factor?

The answer is no. Joint pain can occur regardless of age, be it due to growth, rheumatism or athletic overdrive.

BodyReviewers recommendations

When it comes to joint pain our recommendation is to go see a doctor. Establishing the correct motif for the pain can be the difference between a mild contusion or permanent damage. Waiting is not recommended, always act as soon as possible.

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