As you get older, your joints may suffer some normal wear-and-tear that triggers a slight discomfort. However, if you're dealing with pain in your joints that doesn't go away, or it's accompanied by other symptoms, it may be time to seek medical attention.
This is where Dr. Nabil Ebraheim at University of Toledo Physicians can help. He'll be able to decipher your symptoms and arrive at a diagnosis for your joint pain and discomfort.
Joint pain — just the beginning
Pain is usually your body's way of signaling a problem. That's why pain may be the first clue that there's something going on with your joints. Whether your pain is acute or chronic, it should be a signal for you to seek treatment.
Although pain is sometimes one of the first symptoms of a problem, there are a number of other things that may trigger you to seek medical care, including:
- Pain that wakes you up at night
- Stiffness in the morning that takes hours to wear off
- Discomfort that changes your normal routine
Something else to keep an eye on is joint pain with a fever or rash and mouth sores. This can be a sign of an underlying disease or infection that you don't want to ignore.
If you're dealing with any of these symptoms, your joints may be in trouble. Getting early treatment can keep you from developing serious complications down the road.
Underlying issues of your joint
Whether your joint problems started suddenly or came on gradually, there’s an underlying issue that's causing your discomfort. There are three main categories of issues that may be causing your joint pain: Injury, illness, and arthritis.
A joint injury is definitely something you want to take care of immediately. Symptoms that you should look for include:
If you find yourself with any of these symptoms, seek medical treatment as soon as possible. If left untreated, injury can lead to permanent joint damage and possibly loss of mobility.
A less common reason you may be experiencing joint discomfort is illness such as the flu, mumps, Lyme disease, or lupus. All may cause you to have painful joints along with other symptoms like fever and rash. These illnesses can affect your joints short- or long-term, and they definitely warrant a trip to the doctor.
This is probably one of the most common causes of joint pain and stiffness. There are two main types of arthritis that you may be suffering from: Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the breakdown of the cartilage that cushions the joint. This usually happens over time from everyday wear-and-tear.
Rheumatoid arthritis also occurs over time, but it's the result of your immune system attacking the lining of your joints. This can cause permanent damage if left untreated for a long period of time.
Both of these diseases are manageable by Dr. Ebraheim, but early detection and treatment are key to optimal joint health.
Don't ignore these signs
Sometimes, joint pain can be an emergent condition called septic arthritis. This condition starts as an infection in your joint, and can cause real problems with your health. Signs of the infection include warmth, swelling, redness, and fever.
With this condition, bacteria overtake the joint and can cause bone damage and quick cartilage deterioration. If left untreated, it can cause permanent disability of the joint or more seriously, septic shock.
If you have these symptoms in your joint without any other signs of sickness, seek treatment from Dr. Ebraheim immediately.
Don't let your joint pain get out of control. If you're looking for treatment options, call our office at 419-383-3761 or book a consultation online today. You can also get more information on our YouTube channel.