What Causes Joint Pain?

Man sitting in jeans holds knee while dealing with joint pain.

By Karen W.

Many people associate joint pain with the common disease, arthritis, which the CDC states affects 1 in 4 Americans.  However, joint pain can be caused by a wide range of injuries, ailments, and diseases, each of which affect the body in different ways. 

All in all, joint pain effects about 30% of the population and, regardless of the specific ailment that’s to blame, a common denominator found in many cases of joint pain is the presence of inflammation.

When we take a closer look, it’s easy to see why inflammation of the joints can cause such severe, sometimes debilitation pain. The joints of the body, from tiny finger joints to knee joints, work to keep the body mobile and allow us to move in many directions and different ways.

Joints are created by a juncture where two bones meet, separated by a small space filled with synovial fluid, which reduces friction between bones and lets them move easily. Without our joints, we’d all be stiff skeletons-so we can see why it’s important that our joints can move freely in order to do their very important jobs. 

When joints become inflamed, they swell up greater than their normal size, reducing the space that exists to allow them to move freely, and restricting their movement.  Beyond the effects of inflammation, other, more complex factors may also be at play, which can make joint pain more long-lasting or painful, depending on the situation.

Because inflammation is a common factor in joint pain, people that experience joint pain often look into treatments that fight inflammation. Proven natural aids to fight and prevent inflammation include Horse Chestnut, Rue, and Chamomile. With a little help, inflammation can be reduced, and joints can get the room they need to move pain free.

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