Your knees, shoulders, elbows and ankles are all joints that are susceptible to injury, damage and pain. Pain from these joints usually stems from the damage of ligaments, tendons, cartilage bursae and/or conjoining bones. Although joint pain is not usually a critical condition, it can severely limit a sufferer from mobility and performing daily tasks and activities. Joints allow our limbs and extremities to move freely, so it can be frustrating when those movements are restrained by pain.

There are many reasons that joint pain develops, such as the following:

  • Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Inflammation
  • Gout
  • Injury, such as sprains, strains or ligament tears

On top of these causes, your daily routine may be putting you at risk for severe or chronic joint pain. Check out the 6 risk factors for joint pain.

Obesity

Excess weight can put pressure and stress on your weight-bearing joints, such as your knees.

Smoking

Smoking is harmful to the body and contributes to chronic pain including joint pain.

Higher Age

Your risk of developing arthritis increases with age. People under 40 years old rarely experience arthritis-related problems.

Injuries

Injuries, due to work other than athletic activity, can put you at risk of joint pain.

Stress and dissatisfaction with life

Stress causes inflammation in the body, which causes pain and swelling in your joints.

Hard physical labor

Physical labor, especially involving repetitive action, can cause joint pain over time.

If your knee pain won’t fade, your health care provider may have recommended surgery to reverse the damage. However, there is no reason to resort to that choice before you at least try our non-operative treatments. We have helped many patients throughout North America avoid knee and shoulder surgery and replacement that requires weeks of bed rest and long periods of physical therapy. Call us today to schedule an appointment. 806-350-BONE(2663)