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Joint pain is a common symptom with many possible causes.

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A joint is the place where two bones meet in the body. For example, the knee joint is the place where the thigh bone and shin bone meet. Most people have will have one or more sore joints at some point in their lives. Joints of the arms and legs are the most common reported painful joints.

When a person reports joint pain, the healthcare professional will collect information from the individual about the pain. These are some questions that may be asked:

  • What is the location of the pain?
  • How long has the pain been there?
  • Is more than one joint causing pain?
  • Does the pain come and go or is it constant?
  • Is the pain made worse or better with activity?
  • Is the joint hot, red, or swollen?
  • Is there a family history of joint problems?
  • Does the pain limit motion in the affected joint?
  • Are there any other symptoms?
  • What medications or drugs have you been being taken?
  • Are there other medical conditions present?

Additional questions may also be asked, depending on the history and physical findings.

There are many possible causes of joint pain. The causes can be divided into categories:

  • Basic Wear-and-Tear such as from overuse, injury, or osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, or joint inflammation.
  • Conditions Affecting Metabolism conditions such as gout and pseudogout can cause materials to be deposited into the joints causing pain and inflammation.
  • Infections joint infections sometimes called septic arthritis. Infections usually spread to the joint from other areas of the body. Gonorrhea and syphilis, two sexually transmitted infections, can cause joint pain. Lyme disease, an infection that results from a tick bite, and other infections can also cause arthritis.
  • Autoimmune Disorders these disorders cause a person's body to produces antibodies against its own tissue and include rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus.
  • Reactive Arthritis joint pain and inflammation caused by infections in other areas of the body. This type of joint pain can result from infectious diarrhea or from chlamydia, a sexually transmitted infection.
  • Bone Diseases inflammation or fractures of the bone around joints caused by disease, bone tumors or cancer near joints can be a cause of painful joints.
  • Medications as with all drugs side effects are a possible issue, some medications such as penicillin have known side effects of soar achy stiff joints.
  • Common Sickness the common cold or flu is often a cause of sore aching joints.
  • Other Causes many other issues can cause painful joints, in some cases no cause can be found at all

How is joint pain diagnosed?

A doctor may use an xray to diagnose your shoulder pain.

In some cases, the cause of joint pain is obvious from medical history and a physical exam. In other cases, more tests may be needed, blood tests are often used to help diagnose infections, autoimmune disorders, and metabolism problems. Joint X-rays of the affected area may also be helpful. A joint aspiration can detect abnormal cells or deposits in the joints. A needle is inserted through the skin and into the affected joint. A sample of joint fluid is then removed with the needle. The fluid can be sent to the lab for further examination and testing. This procedure can be used to help diagnose septic arthritis, gout, pseudogout, and other conditions.

What are the long-term effects of joint pain?

If joint pain is severe, it can limit the person's ability to perform basic activities. When the cause is injury or overuse, the joint pain may go away with proper treatment and have no long-term effects.

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