Joint Pain: Symptoms and Remedies

If you suffer from joint pain, whether temporarily or permanently, you’ll know how this can affect your quality of life. Our joints connect our bones, support our bodies, and help us move. If our joints are damaged due to disease or injury, it interferes with our movement and causes pain.

According to a national survey, a third of all adults experience joint pains. Knee pain is the most common, followed by shoulder and hip pain, but any part of your body that houses joints can be affected. As we get older, our risk for developing joint pain increases along with its severity.

Causes of Joint Pain  

There are two leading causes of joint pain: an injury affecting the ligaments, bursae, or tendons either surrounding or within the joint. Joint pain can be mild and go away within a few weeks (acute), or it can be a long-term or permanent condition (chronic).

The two most common chronic joint diseases are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis:

Other causes of joint pain include bursitis (a.k.a., inflammation in the bursa, the cushion around the joint), toxins collecting in the joint space (a.k.a., gout), strains/sprains of ligaments around the joints, or bone cancer.

Joint Pain Symptoms and Signs

Here is a list of symptoms that are associated with joint problems:

Joint Pain Treatments

Treatments are geared towards reducing pain, inflammation, and preserving joint function. The following joint pain remedies may help to alleviate the pain and improve your condition:

What if the Joint Pain Persists?

If your joint pain doesn’t go away and it’s extremely uncomfortable, swollen, red, and tender, it is time to see your doctor. If you had an injury which is accompanied by intense pain, swelling, joint deformation, or inability to use, you need to see a doctor immediately.

Joint pains are often treatable or at least manageable. There is no reason you should suffer unnecessarily. Dr. Payal Bhandari M.D. can help you create a customized treatment plan to alleviate your joint pain quickly and permanently.

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Dr. Payal Bhandari Dr. Payal Bhandari M.D. is a leading practitioner of integrative and functional medicine in San Francisco.

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