Joint Pain? When is It Time to See A Doctor?

Joint Pain? When is It Time to See A Doctor?

by Yenny (SU)

Have you ever had a cramp in your hand from persistently trying to open a jar, but no matter how hard you tried, it just would not budge? leaving you with nothing but frustration and a hurt hand. Whether your hands are overworked or time has simply taken its toll, joint pain is nothing we should suffer through.

Your joints are the connections between your bones that allow you to bend and move many parts of the body. Having strong bones goes hand in hand with having healthy joints. Your joints are just one part of your musculoskeletal system that enable us to have mobility, giving us balance and stability. Therefore, keeping them healthy is essential, but this is often one of those things that can be easier said than done. 

Joint pain — it can be described as a nagging pain that won’t go away no matter what you try to do. Pain in your joints is often a persistent feeling that won’t go away, a throbbing disruption, both physically and mentally. Some people will try to ignore pain and hope it will go away, but in the case of degenerative joint disease, this pain overpowers and hinders an individual’s quality of life.

Degenerative joint disease is a condition that is so common, yet so misunderstood. Approximately 25 million people in the United States suffer from some sort of joint disease, the most common being arthritis (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis). For over one third of adults 60 years of age and older, sometimes their joints become so worn down that even the slightest movements, like reaching for something such as a glass on a shelf, can be exceedingly difficult. In other words, this type of pain isn’t easy to ignore even if we tried. 

Joint pain is incredibly common, but that doesn’t mean it should become the new normal. While joint pain may have been caused by overuse, from playing a sport, or wear and tear from aging, joint problems are not something to just write off as you get older.

Don’t wait until pain is unbearable to seek medical attention. If your painful joints are also swollen, red, warm to the touch, or very tender to touch, you should make an appointment with your doctor. Seeing your doctor soon after the onset of joint pain can prevent further joint damage from being done. There are many types of diseases that cause joint pain, and though they’re rarely cause for an emergency, speedy diagnosis may be important to future quality of life.

Therefore, if your joints are swollen, red, or very tender when they are touched, these are even more of a reason that a trip to the doctor is necessary. Seeing your doctor after the first bout with joint pain can reduce pain and inflammation, and most importantly, prevent further joint damage from occurring. There are many types of diseases that cause joint pain, and though they’re rarely cause for an emergency, speedy diagnosis may be important to future quality of life. 

If you can’t move a joint or it appears to have some sort of deformity, you should also plan on seeing your healthcare provider immediately. You should also seek your doctor’s help if you continue to experience intense or persistent pain, or the joint begins to suddenly swell up like a balloon.  

If you experience joint pain at any time, go see the doctor to get help as early as possible. The earlier an accurate diagnosis is made, the better the outcome will be. Since stiffness, pain, and immobility are exceedingly common symptoms of joint disease, these complications plus others, can be avoided easily if a doctor performs an examination, and prescribes the right form of treatment. This in return, also will provide you with a higher quality of life in the long run. 

To learn more about join pain, and what type of treatment can help remedy it, call Advanced Medical in Wellington and Royal Palm Beach, Florida at (561) 434-1935 to request an appointment, or you can request an appointment online.