Millions of people live with joint pain every single day. This type of pain can stem from a wide variety of ailments and conditions, some of which are genetic and others that are environmental. For many, chronic joint pain can have a dramatic impact on happiness and overall well-being. Others are able to manage their pain through various treatments, such as medications and rehabilitation. Joint pain is typically characterized by an aching or pins and needles feeling deep in the joints. Unfortunately, joint pain can turn into a more serious problem, even cancer. That being said, this is not the case with the majority of patients. Joint pain is very common and usually can be treated with rest and other alternative therapies.
The joints are very important to our mobility, stability, and flexibility. They also help us maintain good range of motion during certain activities and everyday actions, such as walking and running. Over time, the joints will become susceptible to pain and stiffness, similar to what happens when arthritis occurs. Certain bones are more likely to develop joint pain or stiffness, such as the bones of the shoulders, hips, knees, neck, and lower back. All of these bones are made up on very flexible joints that are responsible for regular movements, including sitting, standing, walking, running, and generally moving around. Here at Texas Partners Healthcare Group, we treat patients suffering from a wide range of joint pain, typically of the aforementioned bones.
Common Causes of Joint Pain
As mentioned, there are certain joints that are at a higher risk than others of developing problems and pain. For example, joints that bear more body weight have a greater chance of developing osteoarthritis. The hips and knees are two of the most common joints that people experience pain and discomfort. This is because they are responsible for carrying a lot of the body’s weight, and they are very flexible. Some of the most common causes of joint pain in these body parts include:
- Facet Syndrome
- Sprain or strain