Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Understanding Joint Pain

  • Joints play a large part in your movement.  
  • Joints provide support you while moving.  
  • Joints are the connections between your bones.

There are many reasons that would cause joint pain:

  1. Osteoarthritis:  Considered the "wear and tear" arthritis.  This happens when you have a previous injury, obesity and age.  Osteoarthritis can affect any joints including the hand, wrist, neck, back, knee and hips.
  2. Rheumatoid Arthritis:  Chronic disease, which means long-term.  Often referred to as RA and symptoms may come and go and each person is affected differently.  Joints become inflamed, which is the body's natural response to infection or other threats, but with RA inflammation can happen for unknown reasons.
  3. Bursitis:  Bursa is a sac filled with lubricating fluid that is located between tissues such as bone, muscle, tendons and skin that decreases rubbing, friction and irritation.  Bursitis is the inflammation or irritation of the Bursa.
  4. Gout:  Type of arthritis that causes a sudden burning pain, stiffness and swelling in a joint.  The most common is the big toe.  Gout is most common in men.
Joint pain can range from irritating to debilitating and can go away in a few weeks or lasts for several months.  

Treatment for joint pain range from medication to physical therapy but it is essential to know what is causing your joint pain, what type of joint pain are you experiencing and what is the best treatment for your situation.  

If you are unsure what is causing your joint pain you need to speak with your Doctor.  If you know and your treatment is not working you need to get a second opinion.  

If you are in Southern Colorado and are experience joint pain I highly recommend Premier Back Rehabilitation Center, PC.  Visit their website to learn more about them.  Please share your story on your joint pain and how you treat it.

Information provided by WebMD