Often describes as a sense of discomfort, inflammation, increased warmth or burning, soreness, stiffness, or pain, Joint pain (also known as arthralgia) generally refers to soreness in a joint or joints of the body. Joints are the spaces or areas where two or more bones meet, i.e. hip, knee, shoulder, elbow and ankle, which are responsible for facilitating movements in the body. Some experience joint pain even without movement with intensities severe enough to limit mobility.
How Does It Occur?
There are many different causes of joint pain including injury, disease, degeneration, fractures or stress from overuse. Other common causes include tendon or ligament tears, strains, sprains, pulls, cartilage damage, tumours, and steroid withdrawal.
Joint pain often occurs in conjunction with other conditions. Common symptoms include joint swelling, redness, and fever. Other related symptoms include inability to place weight on affected joint, reduced mobility, stiffness, visible deformity in affected joint. Other non-joint related symptoms may include abdominal pain, aching muscles, butterfly-shaped rash over nose bridge, dry mouth and skin, fatigue, fever, flu-like symptoms, increased urine output, rashes, scaly skin, and jaundice. Chronic joint pain can be a symptom of a more serious condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, leukaemia or bone cancer.
Little known to most, joint pain symptoms and injuries can be alleviated naturally without the need for undergoing surgical procedures. Natural modalities like Chiropractic adjustments strive to correct the underlying cause of joint dysfunction by restoring normal ranges of motion in body region(s) that allows for the compensatory soft tissue reactions to heal, while physical exercises and occupational therapy can help relief pain, strengthen performance of various body functions and prevention.