Joint Pain? These May Be The Causes!

March 30, 2019
While joint pain doesn't necessarily mean a serious problem, when it doesn't let up and becomes frequent it is best to consult a specialist.

Joint pain may be caused by a myriad of reasons. Suddenly, you have joint pain and aren’t sure why. You haven’t performed any additional or especially hard physical activity.

If this is your case and it happens more than you’d like, one of the following might be the main cause. While joint pain may be local in the area that hurts, it may also be caused far away from the affected area.

An example of this is sciatica. When you feel the pain and weakness it is in the leg, when the real cause is in the lumbar region of the back.

That is where the sciatic nerve begins, which impacts leg movement.

Reasons behind acute joint pain

1. Fibromyalgia

fibromyalgia

If you have a general pain with sharp, specific pangs you should get examined to rule out the possibility of fibromyalgia. Although you should not rule out other causes of general pain. General pain could be metabolic and related to connective and neuropathic tissue disorders.

If you think this may be the case, consult your physician.

Don’t worry. It’s a simple diagnostic procedure and most of the time it’s enough for a rheumatologist to perform a small physical examination and read the patient’s clinical history.

See also: Is There a Connection between Gluten and Fibromyalgia?

2. Inflammation

inflammation

Single joint pain may come with redness, which may present limited movement. This limited movement is caused by the pain and inflammation itself that comes with it.

Keep in mind that the most common cause of inflammation in one joint is trauma. So it’s very important to find out whether an infection is also present or not.

3. Gout

gout causes joint pain

If you suffer from gout, the fact that your joints hurt may be a consequence.

Those who have a buildup of uric acid crystals know that the pain that comes with it is sudden and severe. This kind of pain often includes redness and swelling around the joints.

If the problem is gout, the pain will have a slow and progressive evolution, like osteoarthritis. It could take weeks or months to develop and doesn’t always come with inflammation.

4. Arthritis

arthritis causes joint pain

In this case, the pain occurs in many joints at the same time, not just one. Arthritis usually affects the back, pelvis and hip areas.

In the beginning, arthritis manifests itself as a significant discomfort in the back or hip region, or morning numbness or stiffness. If this is your case, you may have arthritis.

Even though they don’t seem related at first, gastrointestinal or skin problems like psoriasis are also related. These may be the key to a diagnosis that is even common in people less than 40 years old.

5. Tendinitis and bursitis

tendinitis causes joint pain

Other causes of joint pain are tendinitis and bursitis. Tendinitis is inflammation of a tendon where it connects the muscle and the bone to provide joint movement.

Bursitis, on the other hand, is inflammation of bursae. Bursae are a kind of padding tissue that are beneath the tendons and avoid friction between the tendon and the bone.

Either of these may cause a lot of joint pain if these areas become inflamed.

We also recommend reading: 5 Natural Anti-Inflammatory Treatments for Joint Pain

6. Minor inflammation

inflammation

Sometimes there are minor inflammations that have no serious cause behind them. This is something to keep in mind before becoming alarmed over localized pain felt in certain areas.

If you feel a generalized pain with specific points it is important to consider causes that have a metabolic nature as well as certain connective and neuropathic tissue disorders. In any event, if the pain persists it is best to consult your physician to get a more accurate diagnosis.

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