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Joint Pain: What Causes It


Wherever two bones in the body come together, a joint is formed. The bones are held firmly in place by ligaments and are held up by the adjoining flexible connective tissue a.k.a. tendons. And between each bone, a layer of cartilage serves to endow the joint with the ability to absorb shock. In addition to providing flexibility and enabling movement, joints also generate stability. And considering the fact that joints are the focal point of every one of the musculoskeletal motion in the body, they are susceptible to aches and stiffness. Now, starting at the head - the bones of the skull are merged at fixed joints lacking the ability to create movement. Hence, even though they are joints, their articulation does not cause joint pain related to movement. On to the spinal column. Bones of the thoracic spine, where the ribs are attached to the thoracic vertebrae, provide strength to the skeleton and are less consequential in movement of the body. This means that these joints are also seldom the cause of pain.

Shoulder, hip, and knee bones along with joints in the neck and cervical and lumbar spine are a different story. They are made up of particularly flexible joints that are at the helm of routine movements like standing, sitting, walking, and running. These joints are the most vulnerable to pain. Symptoms of joint related problems depend on the affected joint, but typically include one of more of the following:

  1. Pain and/or stiffness around the joint area
  2. Swelling or soreness around the joint
  3. Limited joint movement
  4. Intense pain upon rapid movement of the joint
  5. Avoidance of putting weight on the joint
  6. Limping

Most people will be affected by joint pain at some point in their life. This begs the question of what causes join pain. Though lifestyle and jobs are among the most significant factors, the list of causes of joint pain is quite huge. It can be caused by direct injury or trauma such as from a tumble or an accident. It can also be a consequence of frequent micro injuries sustained over an extended period of time. Then there are also a whole lot of natural causes like natural degradation of joint cartilage as a person ages. This degradation, also known as known as degenerative joint disease, degenerative arthritis, or osteoarthritis osteoarthritis deteriorates the joint's ability to absorb shock. It usually affects joints of the knees, hips and that of the neck and low back (cervical and lumbar spine).

Admittedly, joint paint can be a hindrance to your daily routine and can also affect your ability to carry out simple tasks. While it is advised that one seeks medical attention if the pain lasts longer than a few days, you can also use some natural methods to relieve pain. You can massage the affected joint, use hot and cold compressions, or avail one of the many home remedies for such pain. Alternatively, you can use a topical pain relief spray for instant relief. Among the endless options, one of the best sprays for joint pain is the Moov spray. Made of completely Ayurvedic ingredients such as eucalyptus oil, wintergreen oil, turpentine oil, and mint leaves, the Moov spray offers quick relief from a myriad of pains, including joint pain.