Joint Pain and Stiffness About Joint Pain and Stiffness

Joint pain and stiffness are two of the most common symptoms of arthritic conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. In others, pain and stiffness may occur as a result of a joint injury or damage to any of the surrounding joint structures.

Other Signs and Symptoms

Depending on the type of joint injury or condition, joint pain and stiffness may be accompanied by other signs and symptoms, which may include one or more of the following

  • Joint is warm to touch and redness
  • Swelling
  • Weakness of muscles surrounding the joint
  • Feeling of joint giving way when attempting to move
  • Difficulty moving the involved limb
  • Limited joint range of motion
  • Obvious deformity following a fall or a blow to the joint

 

 

Causes

Joint pain and stiffness are common among people with arthritis. However, these symptoms are also common in sports injuries, vehicular accidents, and falls where joint structures are damaged.

After a period of immobilization, from a cast or splint or a condition resulting in paralysis, you may have pain upon moving your limb and your joint/s may become stiff.

It is important that that cause of your joint pain and stiffness be determined by your doctor for proper treatment to start.

Treatment options

The type of treatment that you will receive will depend on the symptoms that you have and the severity of your injury. In most cases, your doctor will decide to provide you with a combination of treatments. Treatments for your joint pain and stiffness may include a combination of any of the following

  • Ice or heat packs
  • Pool therapy
  • Ultrasound
  • Exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Use of assistive device/s
  • Pain medications

Your doctor may recommend surgery on your joint, such as hip replacement surgery, if conservative treatments are not effective in managing your symptoms or you have severely damaged joint. Your doctor will discuss with you about the available surgical options for your specific condition.

Only your healthcare provider can help determine the best treatment approaches for your specific problems. Don’t hesitate to ask your doctor about your treatment options or the procedures that you are about to receive.

Author: Zaheer

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