The joint is the juncture where two bones meet in your body. The joint is highly functional as it allows free movement of the bones. Like all parts of your body, your joint too suffers from pain and damage. While most of you are familiar with this pain in the form of body sores and discomfort, only few of you are actually acquainted with the possible causes behind it. So put on your reading glasses and scroll down to know the top possible reasons behind your joint pain.
- Osteoarthritis The most commonly occurring joint pain in adults is arthritis. There are two forms of arthritis- one is Osteoarthritis (OA) and the other is Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). The symptoms of Osteoarthritis include a feeling of stiffness in the hips, knees, fingers and feet after any period of inactivity; after you wake up in the morning or after resting for a short while. You might notice a mild inflammation around the joint area that has been affected. Some of you may also experience certain clicking or cracking noises made by your joints. Osteoarthritis occurs from daily wear and tear and may worsen over time if left unchecked.
The symptoms for Rheumatoid arthritis are more or less similar to Osteoarthritis, but what makes it different is the reason and the treatment. Rheumatoid is less common as compared to Osteoarthritis. It occurs when your immune system wages an internal battle with your joints. For those of you afflicted with Rheumatoid arthritis you may experience acute and intolerable joint pain.
3. Sprains and Strains:
A severe joint pain caused by a strain or a sprain usually occurs in people who are involved in sports, fitness activities and women who wear high heels. Those of you in love with really high heels may have at some point of time experienced a sudden and severe pain shooting through your feet with the breaking of your shoe’s heel and the subsequent twisting of your ankle. This is a leg sprain that results in damaged tissues. People who play sports, especially contact sports like rugby, basketball, football, ice hockey, frequently suffer from muscular joint pains and require therapy from time to time.
You have all faced extreme body aches and sores when down with a viral infection like a flu or influenza. When you are suffering from an infection, the priorities of the white blood cells change; they concentrate more on dealing with the flu virus rather than checking the inflammatory chemicals. Your immune system allows the release of these chemicals into your bloodstream. These chemicals subsequently cause inflammation and the resultant disagreeable joint pain.
Gout is another reason for joint pain. Gouts are typically caused by repeated arthritis inflammation where there is an increase in the amount of uric acid in the blood. Symptoms include fever, chills and fever coupled with joint pain.
If you frequently suffer from a body sore or ache and think that it could be the result of a growing joint pain, book yourself an appointment with a physiotherapist right away. Nip that joint pain in the bud before it becomes too late!