What is the cause of my joint pain?

If you are experiencing joint pain and trying to identify what might be causing the discomfort, we can help. The common causes of joint pain include injury/trauma, arthritis, disease and medical conditions. 

The Rothman Institute explains the causes in more detail, below:

Injury/Trauma: Joint pain can be the result of various types of injuries, including those that occur as a result of lifting heavy objects, bending improperly, sports related trauma and automobile accidents. These incidents may result in injury to bones, ligaments or cartilage within a joint, thereby resulting in general joint pain.

Arthritis: Here's the primary culprit. This disease of the joints can occur as either "wear and tear" arthritis or inflammatory arthritis, and is considered to be one of the most common causes of joint pain and disability in the U.S. The most common types include Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Psoriatic Arthritis.

Disease/Medical Conditions: Certain inflammatory conditions, such as Gout and Lupus, are other common causes of joint pain. Gout, which occurs when the body produces too much uric acid and is unable to eliminate it fast enough, results in severe joint inflammation. Lupus is an autoimmune inflammatory disease that impacts more than just the joints, but does often result in joint pain and stiffness.

If you want to learn more about what’s causing joint pain and how to alleviate it, contact Dr. Albert Reff’s office