Joints are formed by two or more bones that are connected by cartilage and surrounded by muscles, ligaments and tendons. When any of these are damaged by disease or injury, mild to severe joint pain may occur.
Joint pain is experienced by everyone from children to adults. The most commonly affected joints are in the spine, shoulder, hips, knees, elbows, fingers and feet, and the pain often interferes with the activities of daily living.
Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are common causes of joint pain; however, traumatic injury, chronic overuse, and conditions such as gout, tendinitis, ganglion cysts, and degenerative disc disease may also be responsible for joint pain.
The location of the joint pain can vary. With infection or inflammation, the whole joint might be swollen and painful, while a torn ligament or fracture of a bone usually causes symptoms in one specific location.
If you have an injury or chronic condition that causes a joint to swell, limits your mobility, or causes pain that lasts beyond a few days, it is important to seek medical treatment.
The joint specialists at Lancaster Orthopedic Group are highly skilled in the comprehensive treatment of joint pain and experts in the most advanced techniques, from the minimally invasive to the most complex joint reconstruction procedures, that can improve your quality of life and help you better manage your condition.