What is joint pain?

Joint discomfort is common and usually felt in the hands, feet, hips, knees, or spine. Pain may be constant or it can come and go. Sometimes the joint can feel stiff, achy, or sore. Some patients complain of a burning, throbbing, or “grating” sensation. In addition, the joint may feel stiff in the morning but loosen up and feel better with movement and activity. However, too much activity could make the pain worse.

Joint pain may affect the function of the joint, and can limit a person’s ability to do basic tasks. Severe joint pain can affect the quality of life. Treatment should focus not only on pain but also on the affected activities and functions.

Who is more likely to experience joint pain?

Joint pain tends to affects those who:

  • Have had previous injuries to a joint
  • Repeatedly use and/or overuse a muscle
  • Have arthritis or other chronic medical conditions
  • Suffer from depression, anxiety, and/or stress
  • Are overweight
  • Suffer from poor health

Age is also a factor in stiff and painful joints. After years of use, and wear and tear on joints, problems may arise in middle-aged or older adults.