Why Our Joints Hurt?
Being active is key to leading a healthy lifestyle. But sometimes it’s not just about finding the motivation to go to the gym. Sometimes our bodies hurt, thus restricting us from exercising regularly. The most common problem one may face is sudden joint pain. Whether it is your knees, back, elbows or something else, joint pain can significantly impair even ordinary day-to-day activities.
So why do our joints hurt?
Bear in mind that each case is strictly individual and the following reasons are for educational purposes. If you experience any discomfort in your joints for more than a couple of days, you should better visit an expert.
You might have noticed that when you have the flu your whole body hurts. Indeed this is one of the main symptoms of seasonal colds and the flu. Sometimes joint pain is present as well, making even basic tasks unbearable. The good news is that flu-related joint pain is perfectly normal. It has nothing to do with your joints, they might be perfectly fine and most probably they are but they still hurt. Don’t worry, once the flu is gone, the pain will be gone as well.
Injuries and Inflammation
Joints need longer periods to recover and it same cases, depending on the injury joints, may not fully recover. This is why it is important not to put much pressure on your joints after your recovery period. Start slowly and gradually increase the pressure. However, if you are still experiencing persisting pain, we might be talking about inflammation here. In most cases, the tissue lining the joints and their surrounding tendons get inflamed. The first thing you can do about it is, take anti-inflammatories, apply some ice, and rest. Ice is a natural anti-inflammatory and you can use it as much as you need.
Tendinitis is also a common culprit. It is the condition in which the tendon that attaches the muscle to the bone is irritated or inflamed. It is most commonly found in athletes and that is why different types of tendinitis (depending on the injury) are also known as tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, swimmer’s shoulder, jumper’s knee, etc. It is usually treated with rest, painkillers, and physiotherapy.
There are several types of arthritis and some of them include – osteoarthritis, gout and pseudogout, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and septic arthritis. Only an experienced professional could distinguish these conditions straight away but joint pain is a present symptom in all of them.
Medical conditions such as leukemia, bursitis, ankylosing spondylitis, hypothyroidism, and even Lyme disease can make your joints hurt as well.
Though it is most commonly found among runners, runner’s knee is present even among non-athletes. The reason for experiencing this patellofemoral pain syndrome is that your kneecap moves freely. This is fine but muscle weakness, tightness, and imbalances might cause the kneecap to rub against the thighbone. The bad news is that this condition might worsen with activity. The good news is that you can easily recover just by doing regular exercises.