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Is it Joint Pain or Something More Serious?

Joint pain is a widely felt ailment, with tens of millions of Americans suffering from this often-incapacitating condition. At New Hampshire Regenerative Center, our doctors understand how frustrating and debilitating the pain and immobility can be. That’s why we believe in taking the time to diagnose your illness accurately.

Because joint pain can be a symptom of a more serious condition, you don’t want to pass it off as an everyday nuisance. Here are some more serious disorders that may be causing your joint pain instead.

Arthritis

It’s easy to mistake the achy joints that come with arthritis as everyday pain. Arthritis comes in many forms, including:

Osteoarthritis

The most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis develops when the cartilage between your joints breaks down, causing your bones to rub against each other and producing pain and swelling. It’s usually caused by overuse or placing too much weight on your joints.  

Rheumatoid arthritis

This form of arthritis affects the minor joints in your hands and wrists. A serious autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis causes stiffness and inflammation, often leading to immobility.

Psoriatic arthritis

A condition stemming from the skin condition psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune reaction where your immune system targets your joints and causes inflammation.

Lupus

Because 90% of those with lupus have joint pain, it’s easy to mistake the pain caused by this autoimmune disease for commonplace aches. In addition to pain, lupus also causes swollen joints, generally in the arms and legs, that can often feel tender, stiff, and warm.

GI disorders

Twenty percent of people diagnosed with Crohn’s disease or irritable bowel disease can also experience stiff joints, aches, and pains, so people might tend to dismiss these symptoms. Our doctors may ask you about your bowel movements to determine if your joint pain is actually a gastrointestinal issue.   

Lyme disease

Lyme disease, an ailment caused by tick bites, can often bring joint pain in the larger joints, like your knees. Lyme disease can be identified by a distinctive bull’s-eye rash, so our doctors may examine you for this tell-tale symptom if you’re showing symptoms of Lyme disease, along with your chronic pain symptoms.

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism occurs when your thyroid, the butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your throat, becomes underactive, causing weight gain, constipation, sensitivity to cold, fatigue, and joint pain. Our doctors can conduct a simple blood test to determine if your joint pain is actually a symptom of a thyroid problem.

Fibromyalgia

As opposed to everyday joint pain, fibromyalgia is a chronic illness that brings fatigue, pain, and sensitivity all over your body. While there’s no cure, our doctors can prescribe a few treatment options to alleviate the symptoms.  

Bone cancer

Though this can be rare, with 2,300 new cases diagnosed in the US each year, bone cancer can still present as and be confused for common joint pain. Our doctors might order further tests if they suspect that bone cancer may be the cause of your joint pain.

How to determine what’s causing your joint pain

At New Hampshire Regenerative Center, our doctors believe you don’t have to deal with joint pain. We believe in early detection and preventive care, so we take the time to address your concerns. From there we take the necessary steps to determine the cause of your pain, so you can start experiencing relief from devastating pain sooner rather than later.

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