Mild to moderate joint pain

Mild to Moderate Joint Pain

Joint pain is a common symptom that can range from mild to severe. Joint pain can cause a person to experience achy, stiffness, swelling, and decreased range of motion. While mild to moderate joint pain can be treated at home, severe joint pain may require medical care.

Common causes of mild to moderate joint pain include:

  • Arthritis: Arthritis is an umbrella term for any joint disorder that is characterized by inflammation in the joints, often accompanied by pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion.
  • Injury: Sprains, strains, and fractures can cause joint pain via inflammation and the underlying trauma.
  • Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disorder that is caused by the cartilage in the joints wearing down over time. Osteoarthritis can cause joint pain from friction in the joint.
  • Bursitis: Bursitis is a condition caused by inflammation of the small fluid-filled sacs, called bursae, located in the joints.
  • Gout: Gout is caused by crystals of uric acid forming in the joints and surrounding tissues, which can cause severe pain.
  • Repetitive motions: Any repetitive motions, such as sports or labor, can cause mild to moderate joint pain due to strain on the joints.

Treatment for mild to moderate joint pain typically consists of rest, anti-inflammatory medications, and over-the-counter pain relievers. In severe cases, a doctor might recommend physical therapy, steroid injections, or surgery.

In order to prevent further joint damage, it is important to rest the affected joint(s) and avoid activities that may aggravate the pain. Additionally, adding strength-training exercises to build surrounding muscles can provide additional support to the affected joints.