Is joint pain always related to a serious health condition?

Though some joint pain is related to serious health conditions, that’s not the case for all joint pain.

Some things that can cause joint pain, according to the National Institutes of Health(NIH), include:

  • Autoimmune diseases, including lupus and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Gout
  • Injury, including fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteomyelitis (a bone infection)
  • Septic arthritis (a joint infection)
  • Tendinitis
  • Unusual overuse, including sprains and strains
  • Viral infections

Your physician might have x-rays and blood tests done to find out if there is an infection causing the joint pain, according to the NIH.

Talk to your doctor for more information about the causes of joint pain.

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