What are potential
Joint Pain Causes?

Unfortunately, there are a number of joint pain causes. Joint pain can be caused by ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves, bursa, bone, and when the protective lining of the joint is injured, the joint itself.

Anyone that experiences joint pain or arthritis symptoms understands the desire to both understand the cause and determine the best treatment. Knowing the cause of the pain will help to determine the best means of getting out of pain as quickly as possible.

Knee Joint Pain

Injury or Trauma

Injury or trauma is one of the most common causes of joint pain. Whether it is a skiing injury, a fall down the stairs, or a car accident, trauma can damage structures around the joint, causing pain. The most common injuries occurring from trauma include fractures, ligament sprains, and tendon or muscle strains.

Joint Overuse/Repetitive Trauma

Increased activity of specific joints adds to the wear and tear of the joint. For instance, a tile installer that spends significant time kneeling and squatting is likely to have an increased risk of developing knee osteoarthritis. And a massage therapist may have a greater chance to develop hand joint pain. And understandably, a baseball player is more likely to experience elbow joint pain. Our occupational and recreational activities can place abnormal stress on joints and the related tissues, leading to joint pain.

Postures, Positions, and Joint Mechanics

It is understandable that someone that has flat feet may have a higher risk of experiencing foot joint pain. And it makes sense that if someone sits all day with poor posture that they may have a greater chance of lower back pain. It is not only what we do but how we do it that can lead one to have joint pain and another to have no symptoms at all. There are some aspects, such as body posture, that we have some control over. And others, such as bony alignment, that are less within our control. Monitoring your posture and body mechanics can make a big difference in obtaining joint pain relief.

Systemic Diseases

Other joint pain causes can be related to diseases the directly affect the joints of the body. Rheumatod arthritis and psoriasis arthritis are both autoimmune diseases that attack joints. Other conditions such as Gout and Lupus can also result in significant joint pain.

Infections Diseases

Diseases that can be passed on from one person to another including Measles, Rheumatic fever, Mumps, Rubella, Chickenpox, and Influenza can all have joint pain components. If you’ve ever had a bad case of the flu, you understand how all the joints of your body can hurt.


Simple physics can explain how joint stress increases with increased body weight. The greater the amount of weight on our joints, the greater the joint stress. And, because increased weight can create wear and tear on the joints, the likelihood of developing arthritis symptoms is greater, specifically knees, hips, and feet.

Joint pain causes specifically dictate the best treatment. Trauma and overuse related joint pain react well with physical therapy, ice therapy, and anti-inflammatory medication. Joint pain related to diseases will require a specific diagnosis to determine the most effective medical treatment. Become your own advocate in determining the specific cause of your joint pain so you can help yourself control your own symptoms.

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