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What is joint pain?

What is joint pain?

Joint pain is actually very common in today’s society and very often joint pain is associated with arthritis. While arthritis without a doubt would cause joint pain, there are also many other conditions and illnesses which can cause joint pain to exist.

Your joints are the places between nearly every single one of your bones that is connected to another bone. The parts connecting your bones are the joints and this consists of ligaments, tendons, cartilage and fluids. Infections or complications with any one of these can result in a small amount or severe pain for you.

Some of the causes and different types of joint pain causes are quite lengthy names and definitions so we’ll define some of them here.

Bursitis is an irritation or infection of a sac filled with lubricating liquid in your joints called the bursa. This liquid is used by your body to decrease rubbing, friction and general irritation. Bursitis can be found in individuals active in sports or simply from injuries whether from sports or not. As one gets older, this can also gradually lead to a deterioration in the bursa sac and result in pains gradually.

Gout is a type of arthritis that can create pain, stiffness and swelling in joints, generally found in your big toe. The problem with gout is that those who have it often have it occur more than once unless standardly treated. Also, if not treated, it can result in more severe pains in the tendons, ligaments joints in general.

Osteoarthritis, is a type of arthritis generally caused by ‘time’. Meaning as one gets older the joints become weaker from the aging. Often obesity, poor diet, unhealthy living and a lack of exercise are major underlying causes of osteoarthritis. Many times getting a better diet and losing the necessary weight, the joints may begin to heal.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic type of arthritis. Early symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include fatigue, joint pain, and stiffness. As it gets worse, rheumatoid arthritis symptoms may feel similar to the flu, with muscle aches and loss of appetite.

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