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Do you ask yourself why your joints ache all the time? Have you tried to talk to your doctor about it? You could try to find doctors online for expert medical advice as well. Online health services are a quick and convenient way to get treated for more than 80% of your health problems. Why endure long waiting lines and doctor’s appointments when you can find doctors online with your smartphone?

Joints are the connections between bones. You have large joints such as the hip and knee joint and you have small joints like those of the hands and feet. Joints play a vital role in providing stability to the body and help in movement as well. Any damage or injury to a joint can cause can cause a lot of pain and make it difficult to move.

What causes joint pain?

There are several sudden joint pain causes. To find out why your joints might be aching find best doctors online with an online doctor app. Joint pain can not only cause discomfort but in severe cases it can be debilitating. There are many causes of joint pain. For instance, inflammation of tendons, bursae, adjoining muscles and ligaments. Other common causes of joint pain include:

  • Osteoarthritis. In this condition the affected joint becomes painful and stiff. It is the most common type of arthritis. It may affect a single joint or multiple joints, but most commonly the knees, hips and small joints of the hands are affected. Although pain and stiffness are hallmark symptoms of this condition, other signs and symptoms of OA include swelling, redness over affected joint, or crackling sound while moving the joint.
  • Gout. Gout causes sudden joint pain, usually affecting the big toe first or fingers, wrists elbows or knees. Along with pain in joint, you are likely to experience redness and swelling of affected joint. Gout is usually caused by increased levels of uric acid in the blood. This can cause uric acid crystal formation and deposition in joints. It is better to get it treated right away to avoid lasting damage to the affected joint. Make sure you contact your doctor if pain worsens or you come down with a fever. Or you can use online health services and find doctors online by downloading an online doctor app like My live doctors on your smartphone or mobile device.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis. RA is a chronic condition which is characterized by pain, stiffness and swelling of the joints. It usually affects the joints of the hands, feet and wrists. Most patients complain of stiffness of joints when they wake up in the morning, also called ‘morning stiffness’ RA is also associated with generalized symptoms like fatigue, weight loss and lack of energy.
  • Strains and Sprains. A sprain usually involves ligaments, the tissue that connects two or more bones at a joint.  A strain affects the muscle or tendon, the tissue that connects muscle to the bone. Sprains and strains cause joint pain, stiffness, swelling and bruising. Some people also experience muscle cramping and difficulty in movement.
  • Bone cancer. Pain is the most common symptom of bone cancer. It usually becomes more noticeable as the tumor grows or cancer spreads. The bone or joint pain is a dull or deep ache. In the initial stages the pain may only occur at night or when you active.
  • Fractured/broken bone. Most people feel an acute stabbing type of pain immediately after a bone breaks. However, sometimes children get fractures and don’t even know it because there is no pain at all. You can expect the sharp, stabbing pain to lessen soon after the doctor fixes the fracture, but you may still experience mild pain for 3-6 weeks after surgery.

Injury to the bone or joint such as a ruptured ligament or knee fracture may cause bleeding into the joint as well. This is known as ‘hemarthrosis’. It is more common in people who take anti-coagulants such as warfarin. Signs that you should look out for are:

  • Swelling of the affected joint
  • Redness of joint
  • Warm on touch
  • Stiffness and bruising which usually occur soon after the injury.

If you have a very swollen knee soon after an injury and the joint pain seems to be getting worse then go the Emergency department as soon as you can to get it evaluated. In the meantime you can use the online doctor app My live doctors and find doctors online for expert medical advice, a second opinion or for follow-up consultations. If you run out of painkillers you can contact your e-doctor to get a prescription online too!

Less common causes of joint pain include:

  • Reactive arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Septic arthritis
  • Hemophilia
  • A tropical infection
  • Recurrent dislocation of the joint

Joint pain treatment

Management of joint pain includes measures like taking painkiller medication and topical pain relievers to relieve pain, stiffness and swelling. Your doctor may advise moderate forms of exercise or physiotherapy to ease your joint back into normal movement. Stretching is extremely important before exercising to make sure that you have a good range of motion in your joints.

If you’re overweight or obese, losing weight and maintaining it in a healthy weight range will reduce the stress on the joints. Obesity can affect your health in several ways. It’s better to find doctors online to help with obesity sooner than later.

Joint pain treatment depends upon the cause of your joint pain. You will  have to discuss treatment options with your doctor as well as alternative treatment methods like surgery.

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