The top three reasons for your joint pain may be:
1. Rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune disorder that causes stiffness and pain),
2. Osteoarthritis (growth of bone spurs and degeneration of cartilage or a joint),
3. Gout (a condition where uric acid fills up in the joints causing pain).
Joint pain may also be caused due to Bursitis (inflammation of the bursa)
Whether the joint pain is due to a condition or due to a recent injury, here are a few tips to manage the pain at home:
- If the pain is due to an injury you have sustained, then both mild exercise and rest is recommended. Warm baths and stretching exercises can be done as frequently as possible.
- Anti-inflammatory medications may help relieve pain and swelling.
Most importantly, a trained physician is always the best choice. You should visit a physician if you notice the following:
- You have fever that is not associated with flu like symptoms
- You have lost 4-5 kg or more without trying (unintended weight loss)
- Your joint pain lasts for more than 3 days
- You have severe, unexplained joint pain, particularly if you have other unexplained symptoms.
First Published: Jul 19, 2012 at 12:10 AM