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12
Mar 2020

Joint Pain – Causes & Treatments

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Causes and Treatments of Joint Pain

Joints are the connections between bones that support and help you move. An injury or condition such as arthritis can interfere with the movements of a joint, and in some cases cause a lot of pain.

Consider that the human body has so many joints, and it is no surprise that in some surveys about 1 of 3 adults reported having some kind of joint pain within the last 30 days.

There are many different conditions that can affect a joint leading to pain such as osteoarthritis, bursitis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, physical injuries to a joint as well as strains and sprains.

The most common complaints of joint pain are in the knee, shoulder and hip. Joint pain can also affect other parts of your body such as wrist, elbow, and ankles. As we get older, joint pain can become more common.

Rheumatoid arthritis can be particularly painful as it tends to affect smaller joints such as the hand. As the condition worsens one may see joint deformity and erosion, which can be very painful and debilitating.

Joint pain can range from a mild irritation to very painful. Some joint pains may only last several weeks which are considered acute to more chronic joint pain that may last months.

Joints can be affected in several ways:

  • Swelling of a joint can be a symptom of an injury to a joint or arthritis.
  • Stiffness of a joint can be attributed usually to some form of an injury to arthritis.
  • Painful joints.

Treatment options include:

Physiotherapy can be very helpful in reducing inflammation and swelling as well as pain. A physiotherapist can help strengthen the muscles around the joint to help stabilize the joint such as the knee as well as improve range of motion. Some joints may require a brace that helps to stabilize and support the joint while the physiotherapist treats the underlying condition or injury. Some joint conditions such as arthritis cannot be cured, however physiotherapy and/or acupuncture can be helpful in managing the symptoms of joint pain and slow the deterioration of the joint.

For more info contact Dynamic Physiotherapy 905-273-5433 or visit our website.


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