What Pain in These Bones and Joints Could Mean

Ortho Pain- Couple in KayaksSome people think pain is just a normal part of aging. But you don’t have to accept pain as part of your life. You can get help treating and managing it.

First, it helps to find out the potential causes of your pain. Below is a guide to what pain in certain parts of your body might mean.

Back Pain
Back pain can be caused by a strain, sprain, or injury that affects ligaments or muscles around the spine. Other common causes include arthritis, disk problems, or fractures of the spine’s vertebrae. But some back pain has its root in more commonplace problems, such as being overweight, experiencing a long period of inactivity, or being stressed.

Back pain usually gets better on its own, but if your pain lasts for more than three months, talk with your primary care provider. He or she can recommend treatment options, which may include exercise and medications.

Neck Pain
Your neck contains vertebrae, ligaments, joints, tendons, nerves, and muscles, all of which can be a possible source of pain. Neck pain is often caused by muscle strain or tension, usually from overuse like sitting at a computer. Going too hard during exercise or sleeping in a weird position can also strain your neck muscles. Accidents or falls, including car accidents, are also common causes of neck pain.

Work with your primary care provider to manage neck pain. He or she may recommend neck stretches, ice massages, heat pads, over-the-counter pain medications, muscle relaxants, or massage therapy.

Shoulder Pain
What we call the shoulder joint is actually three bones, which combine with tendons and muscles to allow for a wide range of motion. But shoulders can also be unstable, leaving them open to many types of injury and pain.

If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, it may be caused by tendon inflammation, dislocation, arthritis, or a broken bone.

Hip Pain
Three common causes of hip pain are osteoarthritis, tendinitis, and bursitis. They all have different causes and treatments, and it is best to talk with your doctor when you can’t manage the pain on your own.

Other Joint or Bone Pain
Sometimes experiencing pain in your joints or bones can mean you have a general condition that affects your body, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis,Paget’s disease, or bone cancer.

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