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...
With apologies to George Gershwin, I thought it might be nice to review with you the importance of the circadian rhythm in rheumatoid arthritis. I am often asked by my patients why they have more pain and stiffness in the morning. After all, I never ask about "evening stiffness." It's always morning stiffness on my mind when I ask a patient how he or she is doing. It appears that this is related to the circadian rhythm, which refers to the 24-hour biological cycles we all have, and which includes variations in hormone and nervous system activity. These variations in turn have a significant impact on disease, and thus the types of complaints a patient might have in the course of a day. In past blogs I have written about the anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) drugs such as Enbrel , Humira and Remicade . And I have written about the anti-interleukin (IL)-6 drug Actemra . TNF and IL-6 are biochemicals which cause inflammation that leads to rheumatoid a...
A majority of patients have one question on their minds: Where the "heck" is that pain coming from? A red, painful swollen knee may hurt deep, on the side, in the middle, in the back, or just plain everywhere. A shoulder may hurt with the arm up, down or to the side. Although the question of "where" may seem simple enough, sometimes sorting out the exact location of the pain generator is an inexact science. Within the structure of a joint there exist three general areas of interest: the passive structures, the active structures and the nerves. Dissecting out the source of the pain involves the close examination of each of these areas. Once the location of the pain is found, the hope is that treatment can be directed, focused and effective.
By definition, a joint is where two bones join together to create a hinge joint , a ball-and-socket joint , a saddle joint , or one of the other types of joints found in the human body . Because the bones are not actively doing anything, just pro...
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