Joint Pain

What You Should Know About Joint Pain

A pair of hands rub a person's kneeMost of us have experienced joint pain at some time or the other and as we get older, chronic pain become more and more of a constant companion to us. So what causes this? Aching joints can be caused by any type of injury or disease that affects either the ligaments, bones or cartilage within the joint itself or the tendons, ligaments or bursae that surround the joint. Chronic pain is also a very prominent feature of arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Joint pain can be debilitating and can stop you from doing all the things you enjoy. But it shouldn’t have to be that way. At Lakeland Spine Center our caring doctors want you to enjoy life to the fullest. Call our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors so we can determine the cause of your chronic pain and can recommend the appropriate course of action.

Joint Pain Explained

A joint is any area in the body, such as the knee, elbow, hip joint and shoulder, where two bones meet to facilitate movement to that particular body part.

Between the two bones is a cushioning pad called the cartilage, which helps to prevent friction of bone on bone.

The ligaments help attach one bone to another around the joint and the tendons help attach the bone to the muscle around the joint.

The bursae are little sacs that are filled with fluid. They provide the adjacent tendons with a smooth gliding surface so there is no friction.

All of these various components form part of any joint and if any one of these components suffers an injury or disease, it can lead to pain in that join. This pain can be aggravated by certain motions or activities, weight bearing resistance or pressure.

Knowing When To Seek Medical Care

Not everyone relishes the idea of rushing in to seek medical care every time they get shoulder pain or every time their knee hurts. However, while joint disease is rarely life threatening, ignoring your knee pain or any joint pain is not a good idea as the damage to the joint can get worse and the pain can escalate.

If it is just mild pain, rest and an ice pack should help ease the symptoms. However if the pain persists beyond a couple of days, seeing the doctor is absolutely crucial. If the pain is severe, it is best not to delay getting a medical evaluation. The sooner you start the treatment, the better the prognosis.