Oh, an aching joint. Will it get better on its own? What is wrong with it? Do I need to see a doctor? All of these questions may cross your mind when a joint is ailing you. As access to healthcare is getting more and more difficult, deciding when to see a doctor can be an arduous decision. However, seeing a doctor might be the only way to get some clear answers because talking to a stranger or friend who had a similar problem is not the best substitute for truly professional advice. Consulting with a primary care or general doctor might be good enough. Other times, a joint specialist is needed to help that aching joint. Just like a bone specialist is need for bone problems.
When should you see a joint specialist? Five scenarios exist that might require some special attention.
Trauma : A fall or an accident can cause some significant damage to a joint. Immediate care might be needed if there is gross joint deformity like a dislocation or fracture. But most minor traumas some i...
Do you feel stiff and achy? Do your joints hurt? If so, there is a good chance you have osteoarthritis or OA, one of the oldest and most common forms of arthritis. Often known as the “wear and tear” kind of arthritis, OA is a chronic condition in which the cartilage that cushions joints breaks down. Contributing factors may include age, obesity , injury, overuse, and genetics.
Why am I focusing on osteoarthritis today? Because tomorrow is World Arthritis Day and this week begins Bone and Joint National Action Week .
So, Lisa, what does this have to do with multiple sclerosis? Nothing directly. However, last week I, an MS patient living with RA, learned that I have early osteoarthritis developing in my knees. Remember that just because we have one disease doesn’t mean that we are exempt from developing another.
For the last few years, I have ignored the stiffness and slight swelling in my knees. ...
Stiffness in a joint; Pain - joints; Arthralgia
Follow prescribed therapy in treating the underlying cause.
For nonarthritis joint pain, both rest and exercise are important. Warm baths, massage, and stretching exercises should be used as frequently as possible.
Anti-inflammatory medications may help relieve pain and swelling. Consult your health care provider before giving aspirin or NSAIDs such as ibuprofen to children.
Call your health care provider if
Contact your health care provider if:
You have fever that is not associated with flu symptoms
You have lost 10 pounds or more without trying (unintended weight loss)
Your joint pain lasts for more than 3 days
You have severe, unexplained joint pain, particularly if you have other unexplained symptoms
What to expect at your health care provider's office
Your health care provider will perform a physical exam and ask you about your medica...
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