Most of us will experience joint pain of some sort or another in our lifetimes. The good news is that most joint pain is harmless and will subside with time. Most often it’s the result of overuse of a joint(s) resulting from unaccustomed exercise, such as gardening or some other job around the home. Weekend warriors playing sport often end up with temporary joint pain. However, joint pain that becomes acute and persists for an extended period of time could indicate a more serious underlying cause. If you fall into this category, it would be advisable to seek the attention of your medical doctor or health professional for diagnosis and treatment.
1. Strains and Sprains
Strains and sprains occur when a joint is twisted unnaturally, resulting in injury to the ligaments and/or tendons in the joint. They are generally the result of physical activity, such as playing sport, dancing, etc., but can also be caused by to accidents. Sprains affect the ligaments, which are the tissues that connect bone to bone. Strains affect the tendons, which attach muscle to bone. Both can cause joint pain. Most strains and sprains are not serious and will not require medical attention. Rest, massage and strapping will often be all that are required for the condition to heal itself. If, however, there is serious swelling and acute pain, it may be advisable to seek the attention of your medical doctor or health professional.