The Causes of Sore Joints

Sometimes you have pain in your joints no matter what age you are. The reasons for the pain in the joints can be anything from getting the flu to sleeping the wrong way in your bed or maybe the mattress you are sleeping on is worn out and it could be time to replace it. Usually occasional joint pain is nothing to worry about, but what happens when the joint pain happens more often than it should? Here is some information about those sore joints and what the constant pain might mean.

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Arthritis

When people have chronic pain in their sore joints and go to see their doctor, the doctor might run some tests and then tell their patient that he or she has arthritis. There are different kinds of arthritis conditions that can cause pain in the joints and two of them are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. With osteoarthritis your joints can start to break down the older you get. With rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system will attack your joints; the white blood cells mistake your joints for bacteria which can cause your joints to become inflamed and painful.
Bursitis: Believe it or not, there are little tiny sacs of fluid that are placed between your bones like padding. With the condition that is called bursitis those sacs that are called bursae can swell up and cause a lot of pain when you move because that padding between your bones is now swollen. Just imagine what it feels like to have bones scraping against bones as you walk around?


 
 
 

Gout

When a person has gout they have uric acid in their joints. The sore joints become swollen and are often very warm or even hot to the touch. Usually when a person eats something that gets converted into uric acid their body flushes it out during urination but with gout that uric acid goes right to the joints and then crystalizes in them. Those crystals in the joints can literally be like little tiny pieces of glass and the pain can be so bad that people with gout have a hard time moving around.

Tendinitis

Tendons are like thick rubber bands that connect muscles to bones. After a long period of time, those rubber bands can become overstretched and swollen especially if you are an active person like a professional athlete. These tendons becoming swollen are called tendinitis. The most common places in the body were people can get tendinitis is in the knees, heels, shoulders, wrists, and elbows.

Sore joints can mean nothing or it can be a sign of something else happening in your body. If you are experiencing pain more frequently then you should, it may be time to call your family doctor. The doctor may run some tests to see if you have conditions like arthritis, tendinitis or gout. All of these painful conditions cause joint pain. No matter what the test results show, you do have a lot of different treatment options that you can talk about with your doctor.

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