18 Apr Joint Pain Not Caused by Arthritis
The most common cause of joint pain is arthritis, but Dr. Nikesh Seth also treats a number of patients who suffer from joint pain without an arthritis diagnosis. Determining the cause of the pain is the first step in creating an effective treatment. Joint pain, also known as arthralgia, can vary drastically in severity. Sometimes it’s chronic and sometimes it can go away on its own. However, the one thing all joint pain has in common is that it’s annoying at best and painfully crippling at worst.
Joints are formed where two or more bones come together. They are lined with synovium, a type of connective tissue, and lubricated with synovial fluid. Cartilage at the end of the bones adds an extra layer of protection. There are a lot of parts to a joint, and any aspect of them can be involved in joint pain.
A joint injury, such as a fractured wrist, can weaken the joint structure. A broken bone near a joint can fray or tear a ligament or cartilage. Even after the injury has healed as best as it can, there can be lingering pain and an increased risk of osteoarthritis. Connective tissue is notoriously difficult to heal on its own because there is very little blood flow to these areas. Blood flow is necessary to deliver growth factors for healing, and that’s a process that can also be administered through an alternative treatment.
Various diseases and infections can also cause joint inflammation. These can include gout, bursitis, lupus, Lyme disease, and more. The risk factors for many diseases and infections are different, and only a doctor can properly diagnose joint inflammation caused by diseases and infections. It’s important to treat both the root cause and the symptoms quickly to avoid additional injuries in the future.
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A joint infection from a bacteria, virus, or fungi can also cause joint pain. Less common causes include a tumor near the joint and certain cancers. If you’re suffering from joint pain of any kind, call Integrated Pain Consultants today at 480-626-2552 to schedule your consultation.