Achy, Painful Joints?
- Thursday, 20 October 2011
Arthralgia, or joint pain, can cause trouble in one or more joints. Without joints we would not be able to move around and use our hands like we do. They are the engine that allows the body to move. For this reason, it is really easy to injure your joints, especially if a lot of physical pressure is placed on them.
Most people have had some sort of pain in their joints,at least once. Some might have only had minor pain while others have experienced serious pain. Either way, it can be incredibly annoying when it stands in front of your daily activities.
Arthralgia can make things difficult to do even when they are simple like getting out of bed in the morning or filling out a job application. Depending on what is causing the joint pain, symptoms can be gone in a few days or can go on until you pass away.
Kids, adults and elderly people can all have trouble with their joints, especially when they are injured. Athletes are really susceptible to arthralgia because of their constant use of their joints under harsh conditions. As people grow older, their bones become brittle and joints more prone to injury. Obese people also tend to have problems with their joints because of all the extra weight they are carrying around.
Joint pain is not a medical condition in itself but is a symptom. It is important to find out what the doctor thinks about your pain because this will allow them to set up a good treatment plan for you. In order to come up with an accurate diagnosis they might have to take x-rays, MRI, urinalysis, blood tests or bone scans. The tests that are done depend on the severity of your pain and it’s location.
There are plenty of treatment options when it comes to joint pain. To start with, you can use an OTC pain reliever like tylenol or advil. The doctor might choose to give you a prescription for a muscle relaxant or anti-inflammatory...