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Causes of Severe Joint Pain

Updated on September 19, 2017

While causes and effects differ from individual to individual, there a number of causes that are widespread. In here, we have a check on the most widespread causes that you should be aware of.

An Introduction: What is Joint Pain?

Simply put, this is a health complication where joint or surrounding ligaments, in the body are damaged due to injuries, illnesses or any other complication.

Common Causes of Joint Pain

1. Infectious arthritis

Septic arthritis is occasioned by bacterial infection. The infection triggers inflammation in the joints and this causes pain in the affected areas. This condition mainly affects large body joints such as the hip and the knee.

2. Bone cancer

If bone cancer occurs around a joint, it affects the ligament and causes swelling. This impacts on the mobility of the joint and causes excessive pain around the joint. The pain worse as the cancer progresses in stages.

3. Dislocation

Bone dislocation is one of the most painful injuries you can suffer. It basically touches on tendons and raw nerves and limits your mobility. Even a slight movement can leave in intense pains. A dislocation can occasioned by a hard hit, a slip or awkward movement.

4. Gout

Gout, which is a form of arthritis, leads to deposit of uric acid crystals in joint areas and this leads to pain, swelling and stiffness in joints.

5. Underactive thyroid condition

Hypothyroidism can lead to a number of joint related health complications such as stiffness, aching and general joint pain.

6. Osteoarthritis

This is a condition where the join areas experience inflammation and breakdown that eventually lead to cartilage loss.

7. Rickets

Apart from weakening the bones, rickets causes bone deformity and this affects the functioning of some joints such as the knee and ankle.

Tips to Safeguard your Joints

1. Don't sit up in one position for too long. Sitting makes your muscles cramp up and this leads to stiffness and uneasiness in joints.

2. Avoiding exerting excessive weight on the joints.

This includes excessive bending, carrying excessively large loads and so on.

3. Adopt a healthy lifestyle. This helps minimize risks of health complications such as gout and arthritis.

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