Joints are where two or more bones are joined together in order to allow us to walk, run, work and for our overall movement. Depending on the type of issues, joint damages can cause serious limitations in our day-to-day movement. Being able to determine when joint issues are occurring can allow you to start treating and alleviating these problems before they become long-term issues.
What are the five signs of joint issues?
Joint pain and discomfort is mainly felt in the hands, feet, hips, knees, or spine. The symptoms that are typically experienced are:
●Decreased range of motion
What do these symptoms mean?
There are a variety of joint conditions that can arise based on these symptoms. Some of them include:
●Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
●Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
Arthritis is the most common joint condition that affects both older and younger people. The two types of arthritis seen are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage in the joints breaks down and wears away. Whereas rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder where the immune system attacks the joints thinking it is a foreign object in the body, thus causing pain, inflammation and loss of function.
Joint issues are not uncommon especially as a person ages. There are ways to reduce pain and inflammation of joints and to treat these problems. This may include simply adding in certain exercises to your day, changing your diet or it may include surgery. Furthermore, treating any underlying conditions will help to alleviate symptoms as well. However, if you start to experience any joint issues it is best to discuss with your doctor the causes of your symptoms and what can be done to treat these problems. Identifying issues and treating promptly will not only alleviate any pain and inflammation but will allow joints to last a long time and allow movement for years to come.