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What Causes Joint Pain

Joint pain is a widespread issue in the U.S. It affects mostly women over the age of 65, however, even children can experience it. It is often difficult to treat and can lead to a disruption of normal lifestyle routines. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arthritis - just one of the many joint pain diseases - is the No. 1 cause of disability in the country. Fortunately, there are ways to manage the pain to continue leading a normal, healthy life, and it all starts with understanding the condition and learning how to treat it beyond the scope of traditional medicine.

What is the condition?

The term joint pain refers to any condition that makes the joints - the tissue connectors - hurt, thus making physical movement a challenge. There are many diseases and conditions that fall under the umbrella term.

What causes joint paint?

Some common diseases that have been linked to joint pain include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis: An autoimmune disease that causes the joints to swell. It affects more than 1.3 million Americans.
  • Gout: Occurs when uric acid crystallizes in the joints
  • Osteoarthritis: Over time, osteoarthritis breaks down a person's cartilage
  • Lupus: An autoimmune disease that can damage the joints, skin and organs
  • Lyme disease: A tick-transmitted disease that starts off as a mild rash, but can later develop into a joint-related disease, such as arthritis

A number of factors including old age, poor diet, inactivity, obesity and genetics trigger these ailments. An injury can also cause inflammation of the ligaments or tendons around the joint, thus causing joint pain. Because Lyme disease is transmitted by parasites, it generally starts with a tick bite.

Symptoms of joint pain:

Many people know they are experiencing joint pain, as it is usually very uncomfortable. The areas that are typically affected include the shoulders, ankles and knees, as those are the locations of major joints.

Aside from inflammation discomfort, other people may feel weak, depressed or feverish. Weight loss and a decrease in appetite are also side effects of joint paint and associated diseases.

How to treat joint pain

Treatment typically varies from person to person depending on the disease, the individual's health and the severity of the pain. Some common treatments include:

  • Yoga
  • Rest
  • Exercise
  • Hot and Cold Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Medication

Supplements that may help

Additionally, several studies have shown that supplements can reduce symptoms associated with joint pain. These alternative forms of treatment include Turmeric, Tart Cherry, Glucosamine, chondroitin, ginger extract, omega-3 fatty acids, green tea, Magnesium, vitamin D and calcium.


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