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Painful Joints: Arthralgia


  • Published: 2009-01-13 (Revised/Updated 2012-08-23) : Author: Annette Badowski
  • Synopsis: Information on the causes and treatment of pain in the joints including arthralgia arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Arthralgia is the medical term for pain in the joints and there can be several different causes. This article provides information on the causes and treatment of pain in the joints including arthralgia, arthritis, and osteoarthritis.

Arthralgia - Literally means 'joint pain, it is a symptom of injury, infection, illnesses (in particular arthritis) or an allergic reaction to medication. According to MeSH, the term "arthralgia" should only be used when the condition is non-inflammatory, and the term "arthritis" should be used when the condition is inflammatory.

The name arthralgia (literally: "joint pain", from "arthros" = "joint" and "-algia" denoting "pain") and may have numerous underlying ailments and triggers as the source.

Although some people will say that Arthralgia is very similar to arthritis in cause, they would be mistaken. Arthritis is most commonly caused by an inflammation in the joints caused by degradation in the cartilage. Arthralgia on the other hand, is only pain and may not always have a discernible causation. In other words, a person with arthritis can have arthralgia, but the condition of arthralgia can exist on it's own, springing up spontaneously with little known causes.

What are the symptoms of Painful Joints

Joint Pain caused by arthritis is usually characterized by joint stiffness, swelling, redness, and warmth. Tenderness of the inflamed joint can be present. In other cases, where joint pain is caused by injury, tendonitis, bursitis or lupus, the symptoms can be very similar with slight variations. For example, if the joint pain is caused by a loss of lubrication of the cartilage, the resulting friction can cause bones to make audible cracking and popping sounds. While this can occur with arthritis, it most often occurs with other contributing ailments.

What are the causes of Painful Joints

The common causes of arthralgia are various forms of arthritis, including septic, rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis.

Other causes include accidental injury or fracture, infectious diseases like rheumatic fever, flu, hepatitis, mumps, rubella or chicken pox, bursitis and autoimmune disorders such as lupus.

When joint pain is caused by Injury to the ligaments, cartilage, and bones within the joint, this can bring on intense, debilitating pain.

Certain diagnostic tests can be done to figure out what the source of your joint pain is. These diagnostic tests may include an X-ray of the joint or a CSC differential blood analysis.

In cases where no discernible reason can be given for joint pain, an individual may simply nurse the afflicted area until the pain goes away. If the pain becomes chronic, you may consider getting another round of tests.

Will Painwave X4000 Help with Painful Joints

Yes it can! Painwave X4000 is a non-invasive, drug-free method that can provide even chronic joint pain sufferers instant relief. This is because, unlike painkillers or hot or cold compresses, the Painwave X4000 uses the body's own bio-electromagnetic ecosystem to eliminate the pain response cycle. Painwave X4000 has no side effects, and the unit is simply moved gently over the surface of the skin in a small circular motion. After prolonged and repeated use, the Painwave X4000 may even create greater blood circulation, cell activity and lymphatic movements. These improvements can be of great benefit to someone who suffers from intense joint pain. Best of all, this stimulation will greatly reduce or eliminate pain for good.

Note: The information provided in this article is not intended to provide the means for self-diagnosis. If you are suffering from joint pain, please contact your primary care physician to obtain a full physical examination.

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