Causes and Treatment for Knee and Elbow Joint Pain
Nowadays joint pain is a common disease and people aren’t aware of the fact that if we let it aggravate, it can affect the quality of our life. Joint pain can be quite bothersome and the more severe types of pain will certainly make you consult a doctor and take the adequate treatment. Nevertheless, the most important aspects in the treatment of joint pain are prevention and rest.
One of the most frequent joint pains, knee joint pain is often involved in rheumatic diseases and immune diseases which affect the joints. Our knee joint has three compartments and the most common causes of knee joint pain include injuries, degeneration, arthritis, infections and rarely bone tumors. Usually, knee pain is a consequence of overuse, inadequate stretching and not warming up or cooling down during physical activities. Another cause of knee pain is overweight.
If a simple knee joint pain can be cured by means of rest and self care, we suggest calling a doctor if you cannot bear weight on your knee, the knee is deformed, you have a severe pain, you still feel the pain after a couple of days of rest. According to the severity of the knee joint pain, your doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs or he may inject a steroid which reduces pain and inflammation. If you suffer from severe pain, you may also consult a physical therapist. In some cases of severe knee joint pain, you may need a joint replacement or surgery.
Treatments for knee joint pain depend on the cause and the gravity of the problem. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to understand the cause of your symptoms, before beginning a treatment. If you are not sure of your diagnosis or of the gravity of your condition you should see a doctor in order to have an adequate treatment. The most common treatments for joint pain are rest, ice and heat application, physical therapy, stretching, anti-inflammatory medication and cortisone injections.
Another common joint pain which shouldn’t be neglected is elbow joint pain. When it comes to elbow injuries, the most frequent treatment is rest, due to the fact that most elbow injuries are caused by overuse. A limited usage of the elbow will significantly reduce elbow joint pain. In the case of a more severe pain, the doctors can recommend a heat therapy, which increases circulation and accelerates healing. Cold therapy is used in order to reduce the swelling and the pain.
Cortisone injections are used for a severe elbow joint pain, since they alleviate the pain and the swelling, but the drawback is that they can deteriorate the ligaments after repetitive doses. Surgery is the last option at your disposal, just as it is in the case of knee pain and other types of joint pain. Although elbow joint pain can be treated, do not let it aggravate if you experience any symptoms.
If your elbow joint pain doesn’t go away in a couple of days of rest, we suggest consulting a doctor. He will be able to establish the causes of your pain and to prescribe you an adequate treatment. Furthermore, he can recommend you a chiropractor or a physical therapist. Thus, you can make sure that the pain won’t aggravate and that it will disappear with the proper treatment.
Although most people tend to ignore joint pain, thinking that it will go away without treatment or rest, this is not the case with most joint pains. As a consequence, we strongly advise you to take care of your health and to treat joint pain from the very beginning. By doing this, you will avoid any possible aggravations and you won’t have any unpleasant surprises.