How Joints Work?
Understanding the way your body works will go a long way in helping you maintain it in the best possible condition. This, in turn, will help slow down the aging process – something that will be felt keenly by you as the years move on. The human body is made up of a number of joints that are essential to be able to control our bodies. Joints around the neck, wrist, hands, shoulders, knees, hip bones, ankles, toes, fingers, and many other parts help us perform a number of tasks at home and outside throughout the course of the day.
What is Joint Pain?
Joint pain is essentially pain experienced in one or more joints of the body. In most cases the pain could simply be nothing more than a traumatic experience that affects the body for a short period of time. But significant amount of pain will cause the body to be unable to accomplish certain tasks for the affected period. For instance, if the condition is brought on by an injury sustained to the wrist during a game of badminton, the pain experienced by an individual may cause him or her to be unable to hold certain objects that are rather heavy.
These sprains and twists will be resolved once they are given the right amount of rest. But it is important to give these injuries the time to heal. More serious and chronic cases of joint pain should be shown to a doctor to establish exactly what the underlying cause of the condition is.
Where Do Joint Pains Come From?
Some of the common conditions that cause chronic joint pain include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Gout is a regular contributor to the development of arthritis that then translates into joint pain. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that is more likely to affect individuals who are above the age of 50. The cartilage losing a lot of its elasticity generally characterizes the onset of osteoarthritis.
Fibromyalgia is a condition that is characterized by pain and tenderness all over the body, especially in the joints. While there is still a lot to learn regarding this condition, research suggests that it is triggered by an imbalance in the brain that causes a lowering of an individual’s tolerance for pain. Individuals suffering from fibromyalgia are also likely to experience early onsets of fatigue during the course of the day. Conditions that usually affect larger joints within the body are:
- Polymyalgia Rheumatica
- Temporal Arteritis
Both conditions are known to be the result of the body’s immune system acting against itself and are characterized by severe headaches in addition to the serious joint pains that occur which may even stop you from performing simple tasks such as getting out of a chair.
Why Joints Hurt?
Joints are very complex structures, and they contain a number of parts, such as:
- Blood vessels
Joints can hurt for a number of reasons such as overuse, being put under too much pressure and stress, carrying excess weight because the individual suffers from obesity, as well as regular sports injuries.
One aspect that should not be forgotten is the general wear and tear of aging. As we grow older, the tendons, muscles, and bones present in the joints become weaker and are always prone to easy damage. In the event that the joint pain is experienced for more than a few days, make it a point to consult a physician about the same. Identifying the underlying medical cause is essential to be able to treat the condition effectively.
Preventing Joint Pain
Preventing joint pain is easier said than done. Primarily because of the most common causes of the condition is aging. However, that does not mean that nothing can be done. A number of efforts and steps can be taken to stave off joint pain considerably, even if it might be onset by aging. Sports persons should make it a point to warm up and relax their joints before engaging in sport activities, while individuals experiencing even dull pains for long periods of time should approach their doctors for a medical opinion. If the pain has developed, there are a number of ointments and balms that do a good job of soothing irritated joints as well as reducing any inflammation that might have developed.
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