Joint pain can affect any part of the body, and as you age, it typically becomes more common. The pain occurs where the two ends of the bones meet together at the knee, hip, elbow, shoulder, and fingers. It’s typically a discomfort, pain, or inflammation that comes from injuries or irritation to bones, cartilage, muscles, ligaments, or tendons. An injury can also affect the ligaments, bones, and cartilage within the joint itself.
Pain can also be caused by joint inflammation, infection, and very rarely, it can be caused by cancer of the joint. Sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia and gonorrhea can also cause joint pain.
Joint pain can be caused by many different conditions:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Bone fractures
- Lyme Disease
- Other injuries
Joint pain is often mild and only occurs after certain activities. It can also be very severe, making even the smallest movements very painful. Acute joint pain can last a few weeks and goes away without treatment. Chronic joint pain can last for months, years, and even a lifetime — without treatment, that is.