Are you struggling with persistent achiness in the joints? Joint aches and pains are possible symptoms of many common conditions. By pinpointing the reason behind your achy joints, we can get you started on the path to relief.
Six of the most common reasons behind achy joints include:
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and a prevalent cause of joint pain. Also called “wear and tear” arthritis, this condition results from the gradual degeneration of joint cartilage. As cartilage breaks down, friction in the joint increases, leading to inflammation, stiffness, and pain.
Bursitis occurs when the small sacs that cushion the bone, muscle, and tendon tissue around a joint become inflamed. This condition often occurs in the knee, shoulder, hip, and elbow joints, and it can cause achiness within the joint.
Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is another form of arthritis that can cause achy joints. It’s an autoimmune condition that develops when the immune system mistakenly targets healthy tissue. This can cause pain and swelling within the affected joints.
Gout is a condition that develops when urate crystals gather in a joint, leading to inflammation and pain. It’s considered chronic and often occurs in sudden episodes, called gout attacks, which involve severe pain and swelling in a joint.
Tendinitis occurs when a tendon becomes fully or partially torn, leading to pain and inflammation. Tendons attach muscle to bone around a joint, which is why many patients with tendinitis experience joint pain with this condition.
A past joint injury that didn’t heal properly can lead to chronic achiness in the affected joint. Fractures, tendon injuries, and ligament injuries can all lead to lasting joint inflammation.
Schedule a consultation at the Regenerative Orthopedic Institute today to learn about our regenerative treatment options for chronic joint pain.