Arthralgia is defined as pain in the joints of the body. It is very common in chronic arthritis. The joint is the point of attachment between two adjacent bones (or more) and is built in such a way that allows mechanical movement and supports the bones of the body. Joint pain may appear if arthritis develops or a joint is injured, and joint pain is often discomfort, swelling, irritation, stiffness, and even inflammation around the joint or other joints in the body develops.
Joint pain as a symptom
Joint pain, as a symptom of disease, is characterized by a large number and variety of diseases, and therefore it is very important to determine its source, in order to provide appropriate joint treatment. Joint pain can be caused by inflammation, a trauma in the joint area, a general feeling of illness (for example, before influenza or an acute cold), or due to autoimmune disease and other pathological phenomena.
Causes and risk factors for joint pain
Joint treatment begins with understanding the causes of joint pain:
- Joint injury or trauma
- Dislocation of the joint
- Stretching the muscle or tendon, especially in the ankle
- Infectious and inflammatory diseases accompanied by joint and muscle pain
- Viral or bacterial infection
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Lyme disease
- Bursitis – Inflammation of the fluid sac in the joint