Joint pain can be discomfort, pain or inflammation arising from any part of a joint — including cartilage, bone, ligaments, tendons or muscles. Most commonly, however, joint pain refers to arthritis or arthralgia, which is inflammation or pain from within the joint itself.
Joint pain can be mild, causing soreness only after certain activities, or it can be severe, making even limited movement, particularly bearing weight, extremely painful.
Causes of joint pain include:
Joint pain is rarely an emergency. Most cases of mild joint pain can be successfully managed at home.
Make an appointment with your doctor if your joint pain is accompanied by:
See a doctor immediately if your joint pain is caused by an injury and is accompanied by:
When caring for mild joint pain at home, follow these tips: