The joint is the point where two or more bones meet. Joint pain, sometimes called arthritis or arthralgia, is discomfort that arises from any joint.
Joint pain refers to discomfort, aches, and soreness in any of the body’s joints and is a common complaint that does not typically require a hospital visit. Arthritis is a frequent cause of joint pain, most commonly osteoarthritis, as the cartilage in the joint breaks down. Using topical pain relievers and anti-inflammatories, as well as stretching and staying active will help manage the discomfort.
Other causes of joint pain are injury, overuse, bursitis, tendonitis, and osteoporosis. In these cases, taking a non-prescription anti-inflammatory, stretching, warm baths, and getting plenty of rest should take care of the problem. Seeing a doctor if you have persistent joint pain is recommended to determine the cause of the pain.