18 Feb What You Should Know About Arthralgia
Ever wondered if there’s a term used to describe that ache or pain in one or more of the joints in your body? Well, the proper term to use is – arthralgia. There are different causes of arthralgia, with the major ones being forms of arthritis, infections, injuries, or allergic reaction to medication and food.
Arthralgia can occur anywhere that you have a joint – and this can be your wrists, elbows, ankles, or knees. Also, the pain can be described as sharp, dull, shooting, stabbing, throbbing, or burning, and can range in intensity – mild to severe. If you feel these symptoms call 619-333-8114 immediately.
What is arthralgia?
Simply put, arthralgia is an aching or pain in the joints, typically without swelling. Oftentimes, it’s used interchangeably with arthritis. While they have some similarities, they aren’t the same thing. Arthralgia is a symptom that refers to joint pain, while arthritis is a health condition that has symptoms of inflammation and pain in the joints.
Symptoms of arthralgia
The major symptom of arthralgia is joint pain, which may come in either a dull, sharp, stabbing, shooting, burning, throbbing, or aching form. Arthralgia also ranges in intensity and can appear suddenly or develop more slowly in different people. However, there are other forms of symptoms characterized by arthralgia. They include;
- Tenderness or soreness,
- Warmth or redness,
- Limited mobility,
- Weakness or stiffness,
- Numbness, tingling, or other similar sensations.
It’s also possible that a patient with arthralgia experiences more intense pain after certain activities like exercising. Most of the time, however, the pain starts up without any particular trigger.
If you’re experiencing pain in two or more joints, it can be referred to as polyarthralgia. Arthralgia can happen anywhere there is a joint on the body like the ankle, knee, spine, elbow, hip, shoulder, hands, fingers, or wrist.
Causes of arthralgia
There are various reasons why people experience arthralgia. Usually, it’s linked to inflammation and pain in the joints – arthritis, but can also be as a result of other things, which include;
- Immune disorders,
- Allergic reaction
- Joint overuse,
- Degenerative disease, or
Arthralgia can also be caused by environmental factors. So, even if it’s caused by arthritis, bursitis, or an injury, it could have been triggered by changes in the weather or atmospheric pressure.
Diagnosis of arthralgia
Arthralgia can be caused by different underlying health conditions. As a result, a healthcare professional will need to perform a careful clinical evaluation to determine the exact cause of your pain before making a diagnosis.
Questions about your current symptoms, health history, current medications, etc will be asked. You’ll also be required to take a physical exam of the affected joint and surrounding area, check for redness, warmth, inflammation, or any difficulty moving the joints.
While there isn’t a definitive test to diagnose arthralgia, there are a number of exam types that your medical professional could decide to go for, and they include Joint X-ray, blood tests, or testing blood fluid.
Treatment of arthralgia
Treatment depends on a number of factors. From the joint that’s been affected, the severity of the pain, the underlying cause, and overall health. If your arthralgia is not serious and does not involve other health complications, it can be managed according to your healthcare provider’s recommendations which may include;
- NSAID pain relievers,
- Hot or cold compresses,
- Rest and a warm bath,
- Physical therapy or easy exercises,
- Corticosteroid injection.
However, if the arthralgia is complicated and it goes as far as inhibiting daily activities, you will need the services of a certified pain management doctor.
Because arthralgia is usually a symptom of a larger condition happening in your body, you may need additional medical testing before your healthcare provider can determine the underlying cause of your joint pain. Restorative pain management doctors in San Diego can help you find the source of your pain and treat the underlying cause, rather than the typical “band-aid” approach.
Contact us at Pacific Medical Center, a reputable San Diego restorative pain management center for consultation or to get more information about options for arthralgia treatment.