Joint pain often originates in types of arthritis, which can cause pain, swelling and stiffness. Injuries and other diseases may also contribute to joint pain.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting some 27 million Americans. It usually occurs with age and is sometimes called degenerative joint disease. It may affect knees, hips, neck, lower back and fingers as the cartilage breaks down in joints, causing pain, swelling and stiffness. Sufferers may hear a clicking sound when bending a joint. Age, obesity, joint injuries, overuse and heredity all are risk factors.
More than 50 million Americans have arthritis, a term that encompasses more than a hundred types of joint diseases and conditions. One of the most common is osteoarthritis, which usually occurs with age and may affect knees, hips, neck, lower back and fingers but sometimes follows an injury. Inflammatory arthritis, which includes rheumatoid arthritis, and gout are other common types. Symptoms of arthritis may include stiffness, redness, heat, swelling and pain. You may also have a fever, lose weight or get a rash or itch.