Any injury relating to the ligaments and tendons around the joint can trigger joint pain.
As we age, we feel our bodies start to give way, some more abruptly than others. The agility, flexibility and pace, which we once had will be on the decline as we get older. This is when we also feel the initial attacks of joint pain and when we first feel the twinges of pain, we often think of arthritis as the culprit. The pain can sometimes be accompanied by inflammation, tenderness in the affected area, reduced range of motion – or a combination of symptoms.
But hold on — joint pain can be caused by a variety of reasons.
Any injury relating to the ligaments and tendons around the joint can trigger joint pain. Injuries to the ligaments, cartilage and bones within the joint can also be a source of pain.
Symptoms and signs associated with joint pain can include:
- Joint redness – Refers to the color of the skin around a joint. The joint can also feel warm to the touch and can appear to be swollen. Stiffness or limited range of motion may also be present.
- Swelling – Is the enlargement of the joint due to inflammation or to injury.
- Tenderness – Our joints are surrounded by fluid-filled sacs called bursae (sing. bursa) meant to reduce friction during movement. These surround the areas where tendons, skin and muscle meet bones. Conditions such as bursitis, which is the inflammation of the bursae, may cause pain and discomfort in the surrounding area.
- Warmth – Injuries from fractures, bruises and repetitive trauma, as well as conditions characterized by inflammation (such as infections and arthritis), may cause bleeding. This can lead to an increase in the temperature within and around the joint.
- Limping – Refers to any type of difficulty that occurs while walking due to pain or limited movement. It usually favors the use of one leg over another. Limping may also have long-term effects on an afflicted person’s hips or back.
- Stiffness – difficulty of movement or loss of range of motion is a common feature of joint injuries and this may also be accompanied by the other conditions or symptoms mentioned.
- Weakness – may be described as a decrease of strength in the muscles. Although there may not be any measurable loss of muscle function, the pain, inflammation and other symptoms that are present in injured joints may force the affected individual to limit the use of the affected joint.
Whenever you feel the onset of joint pain, it’s good to keep a close watch on your body’s signs and symptoms for better overall health and wellness.