Joint pain is discomfort or soreness in any of the body’s joints, which are the areas where bones meet.
There are several types of joint pain, including:
- Osteoarthritis: a degenerative joint disease caused by wear and tear on the joints.
- Rheumatoid arthritis: an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in the joints.
- Gout: a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints.
- Bursitis: inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs (bursae) that cushion the joints.
- Tendinitis: inflammation of the tendons, which connect muscles to bones.
Other types of joint pain can be caused by injury, infection, or certain medical conditions, such as lupus or fibromyalgia.
Symptoms of joint pain can include stiffness, swelling, warmth, redness, and difficulty moving the affected joint.
Diagnosis of joint pain typically involves a physical examination and may include imaging tests such as x-ray, CT or MRI and blood tests to check for signs of inflammation or infection.
Treatment for joint pain depends on the underlying cause and may include things like physical therapy, pain medication, hot or cold therapy, and in some cases, surgery.
It’s important to note that early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent long-term problems with the affected joint.
Call 999 or attend nearest A/E if you experience joint pain caused by an injury and experience any of the following symptoms:
- Joint deformity
- Having difficulty using the joint
- A great deal of pain
- Swelling that occurs suddenly
To discuss diagnosis and treatment options, please book an appointment with our specialist.
To learn more about joint pain, please click on https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/joint-pain/
Dr Ibrahim Yahli MD MRCPsych