We don’t give much thought to our joints when they’re functioning normally but when they’re not, oh boy, do we know about it. The causes of joint pain, however, aren’t always clear. When you use body parts as regularly as we use our joints – there’s a lot that can go wrong.
Common Conditions That Cause Joint Pain
- Arthritis – this includes gonococcal arthritis, gout, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, pseudo gout, reactive arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and septic arthritis. That’s a lot of arthritis and we have some general tips on natural remedies for arthritis here.
- Avascular necrosis – this is caused when bone tissue begins to die inside the body because it lacks an appropriate blood supply. Symptoms normally begin to show between the ages of 30 and 60 and this can be a severe condition.
- Bursitis – this occurs when the fluid sacs (bursae) around joints become inflamed.
- Dislocation of the joint – no surprises, if the bone isn’t in the joint properly – it’s going to hurt. Shoulders and fingers are most commonly affected but it can affect any joint.
- Fibromyalgia – this condition is not very well understood yet but it can cause pain throughout the body including the joints. Women suffer from it disproportionately when compared to men.
- Hypothyroidism – this tends to occur in women in their late 60s and an improperly functioning thyroid can cause all sorts of medical issues including joint pain.
- Osteomyelitis – This is an infection of the bone and is particularly common in diabetics. Fever is a strong indication of osteomyelitis.
- Rheumatic fever – this is a disease which causes inflammation mainly in children. It is rare in the United States but common in the developing world.
- Rickets – Rickets is caused by a Vitamin D deficiency and mainly presents in children. It causes brittle bones but is very easy to treat. You add calcium and Vitamin D to a sufferer’s diet. However, any deformities resulting from rickets may require surgery.
- Sprains and strains – No surprises here, when you strain or sprain a muscle or ligament, it can feel sore around your joints.
- Tendinitis – This is the inflammation of the tendon around a joint. You may have heard of Tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, pitcher’s shoulder, swimmer’s shoulder and jumper’s knee? They’re all forms of tendinitis.
Rare Conditions That Cause Joint Pain
- Adult Still’s Disease – this is a rare form arthritis that not only causes joint pain but also rashes and fevers.
- Ankylosing spondylitis – this unusual condition causes vertebrae to fuse together and can cause serious back pain.
- Bone cancer – thankfully, this is rare but it can severely affect joints in the legs and arms.
- Complex regional pain syndrome – it’s complex because doctors don’t understand it very well and it usually affects the arms and legs following surgery, strokes or heart attacks. The pain it causes, however, can be truly crippling.
- Leukaemia – yes, cancer of the bone marrow can also cause joint pain.
- Lupus – lupus is a relatively rare condition which is hard to diagnose. It is an autoimmune problem which can cause joint pain and may eventually lead to death if untreated.
- Lyme Disease – Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness, commonly transmitted by ticks which live on deer. If you’ve not been in contact with deer or their grazing grounds recently, it’s unlikely that your joint pain comes from Lyme Disease.
- Sarcoidosis – Nobody knows why sarcoidosis occurs but it’s a collection of inflammatory growths that can turn up throughout the body and in amongst a plethora of symptoms is joint pain.
Conclusion On The Causes Of Joint Pain
If you are trying to diagnose joint pain using this list, please don’t. If you have any concerns with your health the best place to begin is by consulting a physician.