Because we rely on our bodies to carry us everywhere, it’s easy to take daily mobility for granted. Our major joints—the hip, knee, shoulder, and elbow—enable our bodies to move in many ways. Some joints bend and extend like a hinge, such as knees and elbows. Other joints allow for more complex movements, like the shoulder and hip, which are ball-and-socket joints. The ball-and-socket joints allow for movement in multiple directions, including rotation.
Joint pain can adversely affect quality of life.
When joint pain develops, it can limit the function of the joint and a person’s ability to participate in normal activities of daily living. This pain can limit simple activities such as walking, standing, sitting, and using stairs, which can be due to inflammation arising from any part of a joint – including cartilage, bone, ligaments, tendons, or muscles. Joint pain can be mild, such as a dull ache after certain activities, or severe, making even the simplest activities such as bearing weight extremely challenging.
Chronic joint pain can be caused from wear and tear to the joint, such as:
- Previous injuries
- Certain medical conditions
- Being overweight
- Muscle weakness and inactivity
Unfortunately, age and years of use and the wear and tear of everyday life can result in stiff, painful, and worn-out joints. Wearing out of joints typically occurs in middle-aged or older adults, but is not uncommon in the younger patient population.
Symptoms of joint pain range from a mild dull ache to severe disabling pain. Although there may not be a cure for an arthritic joint, there are non-surgical options that can provide relief. Many times, the pain can be treated successfully with conservative measures such as over-the-counter medication, therapy, bracing, simple daily exercises, injections, and weight loss. However, if the pain continues despite these conservative measures, surgery may have to be considered.
Take steps to ease joint pain and maintain healthy, functioning joints:
Shoulder Pain Webinar - Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Don’t let shoulder pain interfere with your quality of life. Join Timothy Amann, DO, orthopedic surgeon, to discover the common causes and latest treatments for shoulder pain and how to improve the function of your shoulder.
Hip & Knee Pain Webinar - Thursday, April 8, 2021
Join Jeffrey Vakil, MD, orthopedic surgeon, to learn about the most up-to-date treatment options for hip and knee pain and arthritis.