What is Joint Pain?
About Joint Pain
Joint pain commonly refers to aches, soreness and discomfort in any of the body's joints – common examples being pain or aches in the knees, shoulders, hips or elbows. Joint pain is prevalent in the UK population, and typically doesn't require hospitalisation or invasive treatment to address.
Symptoms of Joint Pain
Joint pain can be caused by injury affecting any of the ligaments, bursae, or tendons surrounding the joint. Injury can also affect the ligaments, cartilage, and bones within the joint. Pain is also a feature of joint inflammation (arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis) and infection, and extremely rarely it can be a cause of cancer of the joint.
Diagnosis of Joint Pain
First, the doctor will ask questions about your symptoms and medical history, as well as about how long you have experienced your joint pain for. If necessary, they will carry out a physical examination, asking you to position your device to show the joint in question on a video consultation, or moving and manipulating the joint in a traditional consultation.According to Arthritis Research UK, three in ten people had musculoskeletal conditions in 2017 – and as such, 18.8 million people experienced joint pain in a single year. Over half of 65-85+ year olds have musculoskeletal conditions, while less than a third of 35-44 year olds and less than a quarter of 20-34 year olds have them. Only 2.6% of people younger than 20 have musculoskeletal conditions. There is a slight gender difference in the prevalence of joint pain, though it is not entirely clear why. Arthritis Research found 27.1% of men and 32.5% of women reported musculoskeletal conditions. Further, joint pain is more common in lowest income groups (43%) than it is in groups with the highest income (27%).
Causes of Joint Pain
Joint pain is a very common problem with many possible causes, but it's usually a result of injury or arthritis.
Treatment for Joint Pain
There are many different treatments for Joint Pain. You should book to speak with one of our team to find out your options.
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