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Joint pain is a generalized term to describe pain in or around your joint. Joint pain may arise from the joint itself or any of the muscles, ligaments or tendons surrounding the joint. Often times the pain worsens with activities that involve movement of your extremity. Joint pain may also arise from other structures in the body. This type of pain is termed “referred pain”.
Some signs associated with joint pain that indicate you should be seen by a doctor include:
- Pain that lasts more than a few days
- Pain that occurs at rest or at night
- Significant bruising or swelling surround the joint
- Inability to raise extremity
- Inability to carry objects or use extremity
- Signs of injection: fever, redness, warmth
To diagnosis your pain, a thorough medical history and physical examination will be completed by a physician. Questions will be asked in regards to your general health, possible causes of your joint pain, and a description of your symptoms to help determine the source of your pain. The physical examination will aid in finding the cause of your pain. The physician will examine your joint for any abnormalities, swelling, weakness, and observe your range of motion. If necessary other diagnostic tests may be order to identify the cause of your pain. These tests may include an X-ray, Computed tomography (CT scan), Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Ultrasound, or arthroscopy.
Common causes for joint pain include:
- Heart attack
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Activity changes