Joint Pain

Joint Pain

Common Causes of Joint Pain

According to the National Health Interview Survey, approximately 30 percent of adults suffer from chronic joint pain. In its milder forms, it can be aggravating and distracting. However, when it is severe, joint pain can cause lost time at work, reduced ability to enjoy time with friends and loved ones and can make certain hobbies difficult or impossible. It can also prevent sufferers from getting adequate exercise and may force them to depend on potentially habit-forming pain medications. Some people even seek risky surgeries to find relief.

The first step in fighting joint pain without the use of drastic measures is to understand what causes it. The condition has many causes and can also occur as a symptom of other health issues.

Food Sensitivities

Some sources estimate that anywhere between 10 and 35 percent of the American population suffers from food sensitivities. In sensitive individuals, a problematic food is treated like a harmful pathogen by the body, causing it to mistakenly attack itself. The aches and pains caused by certain foods are a result of the body attacking the joints. If left unaddressed, food sensitivities can eventually cause lasting joint damage and may give way to other autoimmune disorders that affect the joints.

Overuse

One of the most common causes of joint pain is simple overuse. These days, doctors are seeing a huge increase in cases of pain in people’s thumb joints due to excessive texting. The condition has become so common that they’ve even given it its own name, “Blackberry thumb.” It’s not just the thumbs that can suffer, though. Excessive bending, exercising, writing, typing, lifting and turning of the head can also cause pain in the corresponding joints.

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a mysterious disease that is very poorly understood. Currently, it is believed to be a result of overactive nerves in the body. Fibromyalgia frequently causes the sufferer to experience pain and tenderness in the both the muscles and joints. For some people, the pain can be so severe as to be crippling.

Inflammation

When inflammation settles in the joints, it can make them feel stiff and achy and they may be painful to move. Inflammation can be caused by a number of things including food and chemical sensitivities, caffeine and alcohol consumption, smoking, a diet high in refined carbohydrates, stress, injury and overuse. Certain health problems, such as diabetes, arthritis, obesity and chronic infections, can also cause inflammation in the joints.