July 27, 2016

Joint Pain

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Joint Pain Symptoms & Signs

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Joint pain can be caused by injury affecting any of the ligaments, bursae, or tendons surrounding the joint. Injury can also affect the ligaments, cartilage, and bones within the joint. Pain is also a feature of joint inflammation (arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis) and infection, and extremely rarely it can be a cause of cancer of the joint. Pain within the joint is a common cause of shoulder pain, ankle pain, and knee pain. Joint pain is also referred to as arthralgia. The sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) chlamydia and gonorrhea can lead to joint pain.

Symptoms and signs associated with joint pain can include

  • joint redness,
  • joint swelling,
  • joint tenderness,
  • joint warmth,
  • limping,
  • locking of the joint,
  • loss of range of motion of the joint,
  • stiffness,
  • weakness.

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REFERENCE:

Longo, D.L., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 18th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2011.

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    • Septic Arthritis Septic arthritis, or infectious arthritis, is infection of one or more joints by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. Symptoms and signs...learn more »
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      Septic Arthritis Article
      • Septic arthritis facts
      • What is septic arthritis?
      • What microbes cause septic arthritis?
      • Who is at risk of developing septic arthritis?
      • What are symptoms and signs of septic arthritis?
      • How do physicians diagnose septic arthritis?
      • How is septic arthritis treated?
      • What are complications of septic arthritis?
      • What is the prognosis of septic arthritis?
      • Is it possible to prevent septic arthritis?
    • Shoulder Bursitis Shoulder bursitis is inflammation of the shoulder bursa. Bursitis may be caused by injury, infection, or a rheumatic condition....learn more »
    • Sickle Cell Disease (Sickle Cell Anemia) Sickle cell anemia (sickle cell disease), a blood disease which shortens life expectancy, is cause by an inherited abnormal...learn more »
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      Sickle Cell Disease (Sickle Cell Anemia) Article
      • Sickle cell anemia (SCD) facts
      • What is sickle cell anemia?
      • How is sickle cell anemia inherited?
      • What conditions promote the sickling (distortion) of the red blood cells in sickle cell anemia?
      • How is sickle cell anemia diagnosed?
      • What are the symptoms and treatments of sickle cell anemia?
      • What is the outlook (prognosis) for patients with sickle cell anemia?
    • Sjogren's Syndrome Sjögren's syndrome is an autoimmune disease involving the abnormal production of extra antibodies that attack the glands and...learn more »
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      Sjogren's Syndrome Article
      • Sjögren's syndrome facts
      • What is Sjögren's syndrome?
      • What causes Sjögren's syndrome?
      • What are risk factors for developing Sjögren's syndrome?
      • What are Sjögren's syndrome symptoms and signs?
      • How is Sjögren's syndrome diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for Sjögren's syndrome? Will dietary changes improve Sjögren's syndrome symptoms and signs?
      • What are complications of Sjögren's syndrome?
      • Is it possible to prevent Sjögren's syndrome?
      • What is the prognosis for patients with Sjögren's syndrome?
      • What types of doctors treat Sjögren's syndrome?
      • Conclusion
    • Sprains and Strains An injury to a ligament is called a sprain, and an injury to muscle or tendon is called a strain. Sprains and strains may be...learn more »
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      Sprains and Strains Article
      • Sprains and strains facts
      • What is the difference between a sprain and a strain?
      • What causes a sprain or strain?
      • Where do sprains and strains usually occur?
      • What are sprain symptoms and signs?
      • How are sprains and strains diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for sprains and strains?
      • What is the recovery time for sprains and strains?
      • Is it possible to prevent sprains and strains?
      • What is the prognosis of sprains and strains?
      • Where can people find more information about sprains and strains?
    • STDs in Men Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections transmitted during sexual contact. They may be caused by viruses, bacteria,...learn more »
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      STDs in Men Article
      • What are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?
      • Who is at risk for STDs?
      • What causes STDs in men?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of STDs in men?
      • List of STDs in men
      • Chlamydia
      • Gonorrhea
      • Trichomoniasis
      • HIV
      • Genital herpes
      • Genital warts (HPV)
      • Hepatitis
      • Syphilis
      • How are STDs in men diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for STDs in men?
      • What is the prognosis for STDs in men?
      • Can STDs in men be prevented?
    • Steroid Drug Withdrawal Corticosteroid drugs such as prednisone and prednisolone are commonly used to treat asthma, allergic reactions, RA, and IBD....learn more »
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      Steroid Drug Withdrawal Article
      • Steroid withdrawal facts
      • Introduction
      • What are steroid withdrawal symptoms and signs?
      • Discontinuing steroids
      • What tests do health-care professionals use to diagnose steroid withdrawal?
      • What types of doctors treat steroid withdrawal symptoms?
      • What is the treatment for steroid withdrawal?
      • What is the prognosis of steroid withdrawal?
      • Is it possible to prevent steroid withdrawal?
    • Still's Disease Still's disease (systemic-onset juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) is a disorder characterized by inflammation with high fever...learn more »
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      Still's Disease Article
      • Still's disease facts
      • What is Still's disease?
      • What causes Still's disease?
      • What are risk factors for Still's disease?
      • How does Still's disease relate to juvenile idiopathic arthritis?
      • What are Still's disease symptoms and signs?
      • How do health-care professionals diagnose Still's disease?
      • What is the frequency of Still's disease and its features?
      • What is the treatment for Still's disease?
      • Is it possible to prevent Still's disease?
      • What types of specialists treat Still's disease?
      • What Still's disease research is being done?
      • What is the prognosis of Still's disease?
    • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) Tennis elbow is also known as lateral epicondylitis. Symptoms of tennis elbow include tenderness and dull pain of the outer...learn more »
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      Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) Article
      • Tennis elbow facts
      • What is tennis elbow?
      • What causes tennis elbow?
      • What are tennis elbow risk factors?
      • What are symptoms of tennis elbow?
      • How do physicians diagnose tennis elbow?
      • What is the treatment for tennis elbow?
      • What is the outlook (prognosis) for tennis elbow?
      • Is it possible to prevent tennis elbow?
    • Toothache A toothache is a pain on or around a tooth. It may be caused by a variety of things from a cavity, abscess, or even sinusitis....learn more »
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      Toothache Article
      • What is a toothache?
      • What causes a toothache?
      • What are toothache symptoms and signs?
      • How is a toothache diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for a toothache?
      • Are home remedies effective for a toothache?
      • How is a toothache treated during pregnancy?
      • What is the prognosis for a toothache?
      • Is it possible to prevent a toothache?
    • Torn ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear) The anterior cruciate ligament helps to prevent the top and bottom of the knee from sliding back and forth. Symptoms and signs of...learn more »
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      Torn ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear) Article
      • Torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) facts
      • What is the function of the knee joint?
      • What is a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)?
      • What causes a torn ACL?
      • What are symptoms and signs of a torn ACL?
      • What tests do health-care professionals use to diagnose a torn ACL?
      • What is the treatment for a torn ACL? Is surgery needed to repair an ACL tear?
      • What type of health-care provider cares for ACL injuries?
      • How long does it take to recover from a torn ACL?
      • What is the prognosis of a torn ACL?
      • Is it possible to prevent ACL tears?
    • Torn Meniscus A torn meniscus (knee cartilage) may be caused by suddenly stopping, sharply twisting, or deep squatting or kneeling when lifting...learn more »
    • Typhus Typhus is a disease caused by Rickettsia bacteria. Symptoms and signs include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and...learn more »
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      Typhus Article
      • Typhus facts
      • What is typhus? Are there different types of typhus?
      • What is the history of typhus?
      • What causes typhus? How is typhus transmitted?
      • What are typhus risk factors?
      • What are typhus symptoms and signs?
      • How is typhus diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for typhus?
      • What is the prognosis of typhus?
      • Can typhus be prevented?
      • Where can people get more information about typhus?
    • Zika Virus (Zika Fever) The Zika virus is transmitted by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. Symptoms and signs of a Zika virus infection include...learn more »
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      Zika Virus (Zika Fever) Article
      • Zika virus facts
      • What is Zika virus?
      • What is the history of Zika virus outbreaks?
      • What are causes and risk factors of a Zika virus infection?
      • How is the Zika virus transmitted?
      • What is the incubation period for a Zika virus infection?
      • Is the Zika virus contagious?
      • What are symptoms and signs of a Zika virus infection?
      • What exams and tests do health-care professionals use to diagnose a Zika virus infection?
      • Are there home remedies for a Zika virus infection?
      • What is the treatment for a Zika virus infection?
      • What specialists treat Zika infections?
      • What are the complications of Zika virus infections?
      • What are the risks of contracting a Zika virus infection during pregnancy?
      • What is the prognosis of a Zika virus infection?
      • Is it possible to prevent a Zika virus infection?
      • Is there a vaccine against Zika virus?
      • CDC advisory on travel to areas with Zika virus
Other Causes of Joint Pain
  • Bone Tumor (Rare)
  • Cartilage Tear
  • Synovial Sarcoma (Rare)
Examples of Medications for Joint Pain
  • acetaminophen, Tylenol, Tylenol Arthritis Pain, Tylenol Ext, Little Fevers Children's Fever/Pain
  • aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid, Bayer, Ecotrin, and others)
  • ibuprofen (Advil, Children's Advil/Motrin, Medipren, Motrin, Nuprin, PediaCare Fever, and others)
  • naproxen, Anaprox, Naprelan, Naprosyn, Aleve
  • Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
  • OTC Pain Relievers and Fever Reducers


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