Common and frequently debilitating, joint discomfort can significantly influence an individual's standard of living. Joint pain can have a variety of causes, and identifying the underlying cause can be helpful in treating the pain and keeping the condition under control.
One common cause of joint pain is arthritis, a general term used to describe inflammation in the joints.
- Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is caused by the breakdown of the cartilage that cushions the joints, leading to pain, stiffness, and swelling.
- Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack the joints, leading to inflammation and pain.
- Psoriatic arthritis is a type of arthritis that occurs in people with psoriasis, a skin condition that causes red, scaly patches on the skin.
Another common cause of joint pain is injury or overuse. If you engage in repetitive or high-impact activities, such as running or lifting weights, you may be at risk for developing joint pain as a result of strain on the joints. Injuries to the joints, such as sprains or fractures, can also cause joint pain.
Other potential causes of joint pain include infections, such as:
- Septic arthritis occurs when bacteria or other infectious agents enter the joint.
- Gout, a type of arthritis caused by the build-up of uric acid in the joints
- Bursitis is the inflammation of the small, fluid-filled sacs that cushion the joints.
At Atlas Pain Specialists, our team of experienced pain management specialists is dedicated to helping you find relief from joint pain and improve your quality of life.