Understanding joint pain

The human body is an amazing thing made up of muscles, bones, ligaments and nerves that function together to allow you to do all the things that make you, you! However, aches and pains in the joints can significantly impact your day-to-day activities and quality of life.

 

So, what is a joint?

In the human body, a joint is where two or more bones meet. Depending on where in the body they are, your joints can move your body in many different directions to make you mobile. So when you have joint pain, this can negatively impact on the way your body moves.

 

Signs and symptoms

  • Morning stiffness
  • Vague or widespread pain
  • Swelling
  • Inflammation
  • Pain

 

What can cause pain in the joints?

Joint pain can be caused by many different things such as muscle strains, issues with the tendons or overuse however, other common conditions such as arthritis can lead to pain, swelling and inflammation within the joint.

 

Types of arthritis

There are many different types of arthritis that can lead to painful joints.

  • Osteoarthritis (OA) is the wear and tear of the joints of the body, leading to pain and inflammation. OA commonly affects the knees, hips and hands; however, it can affect all parts of the body
  • Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that affects the joints of the body. Unlike OA, rheumatoid arthritis recognises the body’s own joints as foreign and creates an immune response leading to pain and inflammation in the body

Other sources of joint pain can be but not limited to gout, the flu and common colds and infections and are best managed by your GP.

 

If you have joint pain, what can you do?

Having a clear understanding of what is causing your joint pain is the most hopeful strategy in developing a plan to manage your pain effectively. A visit to your local Life Ready physiotherapist will give you a clear diagnosis and treatment plan to get you back to the things you that you love in your life. Book online today.

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