You’ve just had a good 8-hour sleep, but you can’t seem to get out of bed because your neck hurts bad. Why is this happening? Though several things can contribute to joint pain, here are three to think about:
1. You Have Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the human body’s immune system attacks the joints mistakenly. This causes inflammation that results in the tissue (synovium) that lines the inside of each joint to thicken, leading to pain and swelling around and in the joints. The fluid that lubricates the joints and enables them to move smoothly is made by the synovium. If inflammation goes unattended, it can break down cartilage, leading to reduced mobility as joint spacing increases between bones.
Treatment: Rheumatic disease can be hard to identify in early stages. A rheumatoid doctor is especially trained to do the necessary testing to identify the cause of pain and swelling. It’s crucial to have a correct diagnosis initially so that appropriate treatment can be pursued before things go out of control. The rheumatologist will work with other physicians to come up with an appropriate treatment plan. In addition, you can undertake self-management to improve overall health.
2. You Have Fibromyalgia
Females are much more likely than men to be a victim of this painful condition, which can be triggered by several things, including stress. Fibromyalgia is said to be an inflammatory response in the central nervous system that transmits pain signals throughout the body. The brain may also begin to overreact to sensory cues and respond with discomfort. The pain doesn’t just affect your joints though – it’s often felt elsewhere throughout the body.
Treatment: Spinal manipulation. either manually or with tools, can help bring the spine back to its natural alignment. This will help relieve pressure on areas that may be triggering fibromyalgia pain. Another option is physical therapy: it helps you strengthen key muscles to avoid pain later. Sufferers are also sometimes recommended to undergo Reiki, a complementary methodology to the way energy flows inside the body. Specialists may use their hands on the body directly, or they may hover a couple of inches away from the areas they find are blocked. All these approaches promote deep relaxation.
3. You’re Suffering from Gout
This painful ailment is the result of uric acid build up inside the body, which leads to formation of crystals that cause joint inflammation. People are more likely to suffer from gout if they have a family history of the disease, are overweight, or eat foods that are high in purines like seafood and meat. You may have heard that gout pain starts from the toe – and that’s where it strikes initially, but it can also affect other areas like knees and ankles. Therefore, those with the condition often complain of having pain in their knee joints.
Treatment: As for relief, your healthcare provider may prescribe pain-relieving meds such as NSAIDs to reduce inflammation. Making time for physical activity on a daily basis and limiting alcohol intake may also help. When exercising, select the leg that enables you to move freely within the limits of your pain and does not result in further pain of the joints. However, continue exercising to improve joint mobility over the long run.
These are some of the most common causes of joint pain. Seeking recommended treatments should help you regain pain-free mobility as you address the root cause.