Treatments for Joint Pain: Causes and Solutions

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Joint pain is a very common medical condition that can have a range of causes. Did you know that in Singapore, joint pain is one of the most common medical conditions? In the year 2007, it was reported that about 23.7% of Singaporeans aged between 18 and 50 suffered from chronic joint pain. As such, it is important that you also seek treatment for your condition if you are also experiencing joint pain.

If you are experiencing joint pain, approach a joint pain specialist Singapore to understand more about your condition! It is always better to seek treatment while your condition is in the early stages. Learn more about the types of treatment a pain management doctor will offer in this article, [What treatments does a pain management doctor in Singapore provide?]

If you have joint pain in only one joint, possible condition include:

  • Knee/shoulder osteoarthritis.
    • Osteoarthritis is one of the most common types of arthritis and is caused by the wear and tear of the articular cartilage at the joint. This condition becomes increasingly common with age. Symptoms of osteoarthritis include pain at the joint, swelling, pains at other joints in the body, and/or a grinding sensation in the joint when moving.
  • Gout
    • Gout is a type of arthritis caused due to hyperuricemia, a condition where there is too much uric acid in the body. As a result, excess uric acid builds up in the body and in the joints, causing inflammation. Gout usually affects the joint at the big toe first, and gradually, other joints in the body. Symptoms include pain in the joint, swelling of the joint, as well as redness and warmth at the joint.
  • Injury
    • Injuries such as fractures can also result in sudden pain in the joint. In addition, injuries such as a torn ligament or muscle can also cause bleeding into the joint space, which would eventually cause pain in the joint. Hence, it is important that you treat your injury if u ever sustain one
  • Septic arthritis
    • Septic arthritis is a serious condition caused by an infection in the joint fluid and joint tissues. Septic arthritis most commonly affects the knee and symptoms of this condition include pain, hotness and swelling at the joint. If you suspect you have this condition, do seek medical attention immediately.
  • Other less common causes include: [1]
    • Cancer
    • Early stages of rheumatoid arthritis
    • Avascular necrosis, a disease caused by a lack of blood supply to the bone. This condition can thus cause bone tissue to die and collapse. If this occurs near one of your joints, it can result in the collapsing of the joint surface.
    • Repeated dislocations of the joint 

If you are experiencing pain in more than one joint in the body:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that results in inflammation of joints around the body. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include pain, stiffness, swelling and/or redness at the joints.
  • Gout
    • If you already had gout and if your condition has progressed to the later stages, you may have inflammation at the other joints of your body. As a result, you may experience joint pains.
  • Psoriatic arthritis
    • Psoriatic arthritis is a condition that affects patients with a chronic skin disease known as psoriasis. This condition results in inflammation of joints, and symptoms of this condition include pain, swelling, stiffness and the difficulty to move the joint.
  • Diseases and other illnesses
    • Joint pain experienced at multiple joints could be an indication of a disease that could be affecting the joints in your body. Some diseases that can result in joint pain include lupus and scleroderma
    • Other infections that can also result in joint pain include rubella and hepatitis
  • Other less common causes also include [1]
    • Cancer
    • Rare types of arthritis such as ankylosing spondylitis and/or reactive arthritis
    • Rare conditions such as Henoch-Schönlein purpura and/or Behçet’s syndrome
    • Some treatments such as steroid therapy and/or hydralazine

If you have been experiencing joint pain for a while now, do not be afraid to seek treatment from a medical professional such as a joint pain specialist Singapore. It is important that you seek prompt treatment before your condition worsens.

At The Orthopaedic & Pain Practice, we treat a range of conditions that may have been giving you joint pain. Visit this article, [What treatments does a pain management doctor in Singapore provide?] to learn more about the treatments provided at our clinic by our joint pain specialist, Singapore. If you are looking for a joint pain specialist Singapore, feel free to drop by our clinic for an appointment today! You may also contact us to book an appointment by calling us at +65 9898 3595 or email us at [email protected]

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