Understanding the Causes of Joint Pain

Jasmine_Strength24_Causes of Joint PainJoint pain is one of the most bothersome conditions you can have especially if you don’t know why it’s happening. Sometimes, you just suddenly wake up with these unexplainable aches in your joints, and it becomes hard for you to function and to do certain things that normally wouldn’t have been a problem. For instance, if your knees are suddenly aching, simple actions like climbing up the stairs and even walking become difficult. Understanding the causes of joint pain would be a good starting point because by knowing the root cause it would be easier to address the problem.

Acute Joint Trauma

In a research paper by Jason J McDougall, who is affiliated with the Department of Physiology & Biophysics of the University of Calgary, some causes of joint pain include acute joint trauma and repetitive stress injuries. Acute joint trauma usually happens with injuries related to sports, but there are also times when they come from immunocyte-derived factors. When it’s from a sports-related injury, it can stem from a minor sprain that just grows into a more serious condition when left untreated, but it could also just be because of the overuse of joints.

More Causes of Joint Pain and Trauma

Aside from the usual sprains, strains and sometimes even dislocation due to sports and other physical activities, the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER) points many other causes of joint pain. Here are some of the most common:

  • Gout and rheumatoid arthritis – Many times, joint pain exists because of arthritis, which could also come in many forms. Rheumatoid arthritis for instance happens when the lining of the joints is affected.
  • Fibromyalgia – This disorder really hits the musculoskeletal system and comes with fatigue, difficulty in sleeping, as well as issues on memory and mood.
  • Osteoarthritis – This type of arthritis is a very common cause because it happens when the cartilage protecting the bones wears out over time. It hits many joints but the more common ones are the knees, hands, lower back, hips and neck.
  • Lupus – A more serious cause of joint pain is when your immune system starts attacking your own tissues and organs. The resulting inflammation can attack many bodily systems, including the joints.
  • Tendinitis – Inflammation of the tendons can also cause joint pain because these tendons attach the muscle to the bone.

Treatment of the Pain

Clearly, having joint pain is not just a matter of getting a sprain from playing sports. There are many other causes of joint pain that could point to other serious diseases, and it’s important to take a look at these causes just so you could better understand why there’s inflammation and pain in your joints. Because the pain is sometimes so severe and bothersome, knowing your treatment options can really help you alleviate the inflammation in the joints.

Some people go for steroids and other treatments or supplements that can prevent excessive intracellular calcium, thereby reducing inflammation. But according to Dr. William C. Shiel, Jr., for joint pain treatment to be effective you also have to look at the underlying causes of joint pain.

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