Joints are the meeting points of our bones
The joints allow for a smooth movement of our fingers, wrists, shoulders, knees, hips and elbows.
Joint pain usually shows up as discomfort, aches, and soreness in any of the body’s joints.
Joint pains can be the result of illness or injury, however there are also other causes.
Osteoarthritis: the most common form of arthritis
Osteoarthritis progresses slowly and affects mainly the wrists, knees, hips and hands but can be found all throughout the body. It results from a breakdown of the cartilage that the body is using as a cushion to absorb the shocks from everyday activities. Osteoarthritis is a very common condition, affecting about 1 in 5 Australians above the age of 45.
Symptoms can develop slowly and over time, where you may have reduced joint range or mobility, pain at rest or pain with movement or weight-bearing activities. The affected joint might feel stiff or feel like it is going to give way.
Rheumatoid Arthritis can deform and debilitate the joints
The 2nd most common form of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and is more common among women than men. It attacks the membrane that lines the joints and causes pain, inflammation, and fluid buildup in the joints.
Symptoms of RA include:
- Joint Pain: warmth, redness, tenderness, swelling
- Joint Stiffness: increased in the mornings
- Fatigue throughout the body
- Weight Loss
- Rheumatoid Nodules: small lumps of tissue felt under the skin
- Symmetrical Patterns of affected joints
- Most common joints: wrist, hand, fingers, cervical spine, shoulder, elbow, knee, hip, foot, and ankle
- Prolong symptoms
- Neck Pain
- Dry Eyes
- Dry Mouth
Other contributing causes for joint pain are: bruises or inflammation of the cushioning pads around the joints, lupus, gout, breakdown of cartilage, injuries, overuse of a joint, cancer and more.
Joint pain can be a result of damage that occurs due to regular use of our joint and growing age. But, it can also be a sign of an infection or RA.
The Self-perpetuating Cycle of Joint Pain
To improve your ability to move freely, reduce weight and reverse the self-perpetuating cycle of pain we use exercise rehabilitation.
If you’re suffering from joint pain, don’t wait for it to be too much to bear.
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