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Is Chronic Joint Pain Slowing You Down?

May 5, 20149 min
Joint pain can happen for several reasons and can range to mild to completely unbearable leaving you unable to perform daily activies.Joints are what connect your bones and provide support while your body is in motion. If you've had damage to your joints, you can experience chronic excruciating pain.Joint pain can happen for many reasons such as sprains, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or if you were injured.What's the most common reason for joint pain?Usually the most common reason that you experience joint pain in your knees, hips, hands, and ankles is from overuse. This can be from excess activity that your body is not used to.You may experience achiness in your joint during certain activities, like weight-bearing exercises or just from walking. As soon as you stop these activities, your joints don't ache as much. However, at some point when you continue to ignore the aches during and after activities, damage is created to your joints. If the damage is bad enough, it can be irreversible, also known as arthritis.Arthritis is when one or more of your joints are inflamed.When is it time to seek medical attention?First, you must specifically note what pains you are feeling, where you are feeling them and when you are feeling the pain. If you've had the aches and pains for several weeks or months, it would be wise not to hesitate any longer to see your physician. Your physician will evaluate your pain and depending on how long you've had damage, may recommend different treatment options.The most common treatments you can do on your own are strengthening the surrounding muscles to help the joint bear the force more easily. Another common treatment is weight loss. If you're overweight, even just a little overweight, you are putting stress on your joints.Can you be taking medicine to help ease the pain?The best medicine to take is NSAIDS (Nonsteriodal Anti-inflammatory Drugs), such as Asprin, Ibuprofen and naproxen.What else can you be doing to manage your pain levels?Orthopedic surgeon and adult joint replacement expert with Houston Methodist, Dr. Stephen Incavo joins Melanie Cole, MS to discuss the most common reasons you may experience joint pain and the best treatment options available.

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