An aching joint does not only reduce the efficiency of the person but it affects the overall well-being and free motion of the person. Joint pain is a common condition. It used to more prevalent in the older generation but we can notice the occurrence in the younger generation lately. If you are one of them, it is time you found out what is causing the condition. Get yourself diagnosed with a primary care doctor and visit a rheumatologist or an ortho doctor if there is no improvement in the condition. It may call for the procedure of joint replacement.
Here we want to discuss the conditions that cause the problem-
It is a condition in which the cartilage breaks down. Cartilage is the layer between the bones which protects the knees. The breakdown of cartilage results in the friction of bones as they rub with each other. This friction gives way to pain and swelling. It is a common condition in old people but is affecting younger people as well. It is especially true for people who are obese. It affects all the joints like knees, hips, back fingers and big toe.
Five types of this condition can be seen but the most common seems to be asymmetric oligoarticular (only one side of the joint is affected, while the other is ok). Symmetric polyarthritis indicates that the same joint is affected on both sides of the body. The chronic condition cannot be treated on a permanent basis, it can only be managed with lifestyle changes and medicines.
People generally confuse between Psoriatic arthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis usually affects the small joints like hand and wrist. It usually affects both sides of the body. Some people might develop rheumatoid modules, which are bumps which appear under the skin. It usually shows up as inflammation in the joints which might subside on rest. It also may cause swelling and make the concerned joint warm to touch. The condition should be treated as soon as possible as it can spread to other parts of the body and cause cardiac problems and pose a hazard to the lungs. Gentle exercise can help in reducing inflammation and pain. It will also improve the flexibility and strength of the joint.
It is also an autoimmune disease which causes joint pain. It also causes swollen and stiff joints along with tenderness and warmth in the affected areas. The condition usually affects the knees, toes, ankles, fingers, wrists, and elbows. There is no permanent cure for lupus, but the symptoms can be reduced.