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Joint pain is a common ailment that affects millions of people worldwide, hindering mobility and diminishing your quality of life. From young athletes to the grandparents on the sidelines, joint pain can arise for a variety of reasons, ranging from injury to chronic conditions. But it is not something you have to accept – keep reading to explore the available treatment options.

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What is Joint Pain?

Joint pain refers to discomfort, soreness, or inflammation arising from any part of a joint, including the cartilage, bone, ligaments, tendons, or muscles surrounding the joint. 

It can affect any part of the body where two or more bones meet, like the knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, or wrists. Joint pain can range from mild discomfort to severe, debilitating pain, impacting your ability to perform daily activities and to live the life you love.

What Are The Symptoms of Joint Pain?

The symptoms experienced from your joint pain can vary depending on the underlying cause and the severity of your condition. Some of the common signs and symptoms include:

  • Pain or discomfort in the affected joint(s), which may worsen with movement or pressure.
  • Swelling, redness, or tenderness around the joint.
  • Stiffness or decreased range of motion.
  • Warmth or heat emanating from the joint.
  • Grinding sensation (crepitus) during movement.


These symptoms may come and go, or they might persist over time, affecting your overall well-being and mobility. Both are equally as valid, and deserving of treatment. 

Who Might Suffer From Joint Pain?

It can often surprise people to realize that joint pain can affect all ages and backgrounds. It’s often associated with aging and conditions like osteoarthritis, and while that’s absolutely true – it can also impact young, physically fit folk. Some of the causes or risk factors include:


Trauma or repetitive strain injuries can damage the structures surrounding the joint, leading to pain and discomfort.

Medical Conditions

Chronic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout, and fibromyalgia can cause inflammation and joint pain.


Engaging in repetitive activities or sports without proper rest and recovery can strain the joints, causing pain and inflammation.


Excess weight puts added pressure on the joints, particularly in weight-bearing areas like the knees and hips, increasing the risk of joint pain and osteoarthritis.


Some people can be predisposed to certain joint conditions due to genetic factors, increasing their likelihood of experiencing joint pain.

Regardless of the cause, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management of joint pain, especially if it interferes with daily life or persists over time.

What Are The Treatment Options Available For Joint Pain?

Treatment for joint pain aims to alleviate symptoms, improve mobility, and address the underlying cause of the pain. Depending on the severity and cause of your joint pain, treatment options could include:

Functional Movement Assessments

An assessment designed to identify the movement patterns that are causing your joint pain, and a treatment plan to encourage and train your body away from them. 

Physical Therapy

A tailored exercise program designed by a physical therapist can help improve joint strength, flexibility, and range of motion while reducing pain and preventing further injury.

Chiropractic Care:

By applying controlled force to specific joints, chiropractors aim to restore proper alignment, reduce inflammation, and alleviate pain. Chiropractic care is a non-invasive, drug-free approach to managing joint pain and improving overall musculoskeletal health. In some cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to repair or replace damaged joints, particularly in advanced cases of osteoarthritis or severe injuries. However, surgery is usually considered as a last resort when conservative treatments have failed to provide relief.


Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help reduce pain and inflammation. In severe cases, prescription medications or corticosteroid injections may be recommended.

Weight Management

Losing excess weight through diet and exercise can alleviate pressure on the joints, particularly in weight-bearing areas like the knees and hips, reducing pain and improving mobility.

Joint pain can significantly impact your quality of life, but with proper management and treatment, individuals can find relief and regain mobility. It’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional, like those at Parker Performance Institute, for an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Joint Pain

Why Do My Joints Suddenly Hurt?

​​Sudden joint pain can be caused by a range of concerns, such as gout, infections, and tendinitis. Other possible causes are injuries, such as fractures, dislocations, sprains, and strains.


When Should I Worry About Joint Pain?

Make an appointment with your doctor if you have any of the following: Joint symptoms that last three days or more. Several episodes of joint symptoms within a month.

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