The Top 9 Causes of Joint Pain
Joint pain is a type of pain that can affect us all and inhibit our training potential! More than often enough joint pain is a direct result from poor nutrition and overtraining that causes common sports injuries. Nevertheless, be in the know about the top causes of joint pain by reading this article.
Tendinitis is a word that many runners and endurance athletes fear… tendinitis is the inflammation or irritation of a tendon, which results in pain and tenderness outside of a joint! Tendinitis is a common overuse injury with symptoms such as tenderness, mild swelling and a dull ache and pain in the affected joint.
2. Sprains and Strains
Strains and Sprains are commonly classed as the same type of injury with typical symptoms of pain- but are located in different parts of the body. A sprain is a stretching or tearing of a ligament- also known as the tissue which connects our bones in the joints. A Strain on the other hand is the stretching or tearing of muscle or tendon- which is the fibrous tissue that connects the muscles to bones!
Strains and sprains are common injuries within training and sports which have symptoms of pain, swelling, bruising and the limited ability to move the affected joint.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis Which results from the degradation of cartilage over the ends of the bones. This is a condition that gradually gets worse over time with common symptoms such as pain, tenderness, stiffness, loss of flexibility and a grating sensation.
4. Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that is known to affect the lining of joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is a typical cause of joint pain that results in swelling around the joints. Common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis is tender, warm, swollen joints, stiffness- particularly in the morning, fatigue and weight loss.
Fibromyalgia is another common chronic condition that causes pain all over the body and is a major cause of muscle stiffness and joint pain. This condition can be brought on when the body is put under extreme stress.
Bursitis is the inflammation of the bursa- a fluid filled sac which acts as a cushion between tendons and bones. Bursitis can affect various joints and results in pain, swelling and tenderness of the joints.
7. Autoimmune Disease
An autoimmune disease is a result of the immune system attacking healthy body tissues. There are many different types of autoimmune diseases- over 80!- which can often result in the destruction of tissues, abnormal organ growth and changes in organ function.
Often viruses can trigger what is called reactive arthritis or infectious arthritis, which is a condition whereby joint pain develops at the same time an individual is suffering from a virus or infection.
9. The Weather
You feel it in your fingers… you feel it in your toes… that’s right as we face the winter months it is often been claimed that this cold weather is a major cause of joint pain! There is no full agreement within scientists, but there are several plausible theories to suggest this cause of joint paint!
A Take Home Message
These may be the top 9 causes of joint pain but often enough joint pain is a result of under nutrition, over training and even catching the flu! So before you panic and give yourself a google diagnosis (something we ALL do) get your facts right and consider your training levels as well as the time of the year!