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by Dianna Ranere

Why Do My Joints Hurt?

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Many people suffer from joint pain. It can be particularly common as you get older, however, young people can also experience achy joints. There are lots of things that can cause joint pain. Below are just some of the most common causes. 



Injuries are the most obvious cause of joint pain if it is localized to one part of the body. Sprains, strains, tears, and fractures can all occur from physical activities such as running, falling, or twisting too sharply. 

Some people can experience injuries as a result of repetitive strain. Activities such as typing on a keyboard, playing a musical instrument or using power tools for long periods can all cause injuries to joints. Carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, and De Quervain syndrome are all examples of repetitive strain injuries (commonly referred to as RSIs).

To get rid of joint pain caused by injuries you need to rest the joint so that it can heal. If you think that the injury is something more serious than a sprain or a strain, it could be worth seeing a doctor – injuries like fractures may require a cast to help them heal, while serious RSIs may benefit from surgery. 

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Arthritis is inflammation of the joints caused by the breakdown of cartilage. It occurs naturally over time for many people as they get older – although certain factors can increase the risk of developing it such as being overweight, smoking, or heavy drinking. Arthritis can sometimes develop after an injury to a joint, however, this is not always the case. 

If you experience a constant dull ache and joints feel stiff, then it is likely that you have arthritis. There are different types of arthritis – some of which are treatable through surgery. Other types of arthritis are not treatable and you may have to learn to live with them.

In the latter case, it’s worth exploring various forms of pain relief. This could include over-the-counter painkillers or prescription medicine for serious pain. You could even consider getting treatment from a medical cannabis clinic – cannabis can be an effective pain reliever. Massages and acupuncture can also work for some people. Finally, it’s worth taking measures to reduce stress in your life as this can often cause flare-ups. 



Joints can also become infected with bacteria. Infections may occur after surgery or as a result of another condition such as arthritis, gout, or lupus. 

A joint infection will cause pain whenever you move the joint and could be accompanied by a fever. Infection can be cleared up by prescribing antibiotics – this could be an oral antibiotic or one that is administered intravenously. Either way, you will need to see a doctor. 


Something else 

There are other medical conditions that can result in joint pain such as fibromyalgia, scleroderma or even cancer. These should only be considered if you’ve ruled out all of the above.

By seeing a doctor and running tests, you should be able to find a diagnosis and work out the best treatment for such a condition.