One of the most common complaints among adults is joint pain. Joints can be affected by a whole host of factors, and whether the pain is acute, meaning it may only last a few weeks, or chronic, it can inhibit your daily routine. Studies have shown that about one third of adults are dealing with pain in their joints at any given time.
There are many things that can cause joint pain. Some conditions, such as arthritis, bursitis, gout, or fibromyalgia are common factors. Trauma – whether from a severe injury such as a car crash or from daily wear and tear – can also be causing joint pain, as well as certain chemicals and stress.
For many people, joint pain can be kept in check with pain relievers such as ibuprofen or tylenol. These medications can stem the pain, but ultimately they only treat the symptoms, not the causes of joint pain. Often, if the situation is not dealt with properly, it may get worse, and eventually pain relievers may not be adequate to deal with the increased pain.
Joint pain can occur anywhere, and may not always be obvious in its source. Knee pain, for example, could be caused by a lower back injury. It could, however, be a problem with the knee, and the same is true for any joint. Often, joint pain has no physical cause, but rather a mental one. Stress may be the source of the pain in your joints, particularly in the neck and shoulders. Our Professionals can deal with this by easing the muscles around these points, but it also helps to remove yourself from a stressful situation if possible.
One way many find relief from chronic pain in their joints is by exercising and, if excess weight was leading to the pain, losing weight. Cycling and swimming are both good ways to get fit without putting too much pressure on aching joints.
Depending on the severity of your pain, it may be necessary for you to consult a professional before starting an exercise routine. Even if you think there is no problem, it never hurts to make sure. After all, over stressing your joints can worsen your pain. As a leading Dallas Physical Medicine office, we will assess the cause of your pain and help you to work through it by fixing the problem at its source.
Pain in your joints can be unpleasant, and in some cases debilitating, but it is rarely a problem that cannot be fixed by professional help and a lifestyle adjustment.