Essay On Joint Pain

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Joint pain is very common. Many different conditions can lead to painful joints, including strains, sprains, arthritis and other injuries. Joint pain can affect any part of your body, from your knee, shoulder, ankles, feet to your shoulders and hands. As you get older, painful joints become increasingly more common.
Pains that seem to be coming from joints can sometimes be coming from structures outside the joints, such as ligaments, tendons, or muscles. Examples of such disorders are bursitis and tendinitis.
True joint pain (arthralgia) may or not be accompanied by joint inflammation (arthritis). The most common symptom of joint inflammation is pain. Inflamed joints may also be warm and swollen, and less often the overlying skin may be red.
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Age, physical activity level and family medical history are all risk factors of joint pain.
Age - Degenerative joint damage typically occurs in older adults; people less than 40 years old rarely experience arthritis related diseases.
Family history - People whose close family members are diagnosed with osteoarthritis are more likely to also develop this disease.
Gender - Women are more likely to develop arthritic conditions than men.
Injuries - Injuries that occur when playing sports or from an accident, increase risk of degenerative joint disease.
Medical history - People born with malformed joints or defective cartilage are at increased risk joint damage. Bone and joint diseases can also increase the risk of degenerative joint damage such as Paget's disease of bone and septic arthritis.
Obesity - Additional body weight places more stress on weight-bearing joints, such as the knees. Likewise, obesity may cause arthritis in non-weight bearing joints such as the hands.
Factors that can be controlled include obesity/overweight, muscle weakness (such as from injury or inactivity), and overuse of joints (such as from repetitive movements). Risk factors for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) include heredity, hormones, and

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