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Joint pain

This is a very common problem with many possible causes and this can be a result of arthritis or an injury.

In the UK, more than 10 million people have arthritis or other similar conditions that affect the joints.

There is no specific age for anyone to get affected with Arthritis.

Causes:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis– This starts in just one joint, with the pain coming and going
  • Reactive Arthritis– This affects the young adults after an infection develops. 
  • Psoriatic Arthritis– This affects the people with Psoriasis
  • A fracture– Broken leg, broken arm or wrist, broken ankle or hip fracture
  • Osgood-Schlatter’s disease- Swelling and tenderness over the bony bump just below the kneecap

In rare cases, the cause can be;

    • Septic Arthritis– A serious condition that causes a painful, hot and a swelling joint where you will not be able to move.

 

  • A tropical infection 
  • Cancer
  • Repeated dislocation of the joint
  • Crumbling of the bone

 

Hemophilia– An inherited illness that affects the blood’s ability to clot.

Symptoms:

The symptom you experience may vary depending on the type you have.

  • Warm red skin over the affected joint
  • Weakness and muscle wasting
  • Restricted movement of the joints
  • Inflammation in and around the joints
  • Joint pain, tenderness and stiffness

Treatments:

There are many treatments that can lessen your pain.

  1. Osteoarthritis treatments- This includes lifestyle changes, medicines and surgery.
  2. Treatment for Rheumatoid arthritis- This helps in minimizing joint inflammation and helps in preventing joint damage. 
  3. Physiotherapy
  4. Surgery 
  5. Other medications.

 

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