A joint is the part that forms the connection between two bones. Your elbow and knee are joints, for example. It is a very common site of pain and can be caused by a number of factors.
Joint pain can range from mild symptoms to excruciating pain. There sometimes is never any ‘reasoning’ to why the joints hurt either. We have good days and then we have bad days and this can be very frustrating. There is an answer though to your symptoms.
Things such as arthritis, bursitis or even muscle strains can cause joint pain. It is commonly associated with knee pain, elbow pain or shoulder pain. What is important to now though is that joint pain often has really good outcomes when a structured and robust conservative approach is undertaken.
Our Approach to Care
One of the first things to establish is ‘what is causing your pain’? This is usually answered with a thorough patient assessment whereby a series of questions about its presentation are asked (such as ‘when is it most painful?’, ‘how long have you been experiencing this for’?) and a set of clinical assessments are carried out to establish its nature (for example, is it mechanical or inflammatory). Once this has been carried out, a clearer picture should emerge which will provide answers as to what the best form of approach is.
Some people visit us with MRI reports or X-Ray findings. Whilst these can be useful, they do not always offer as the answers to what we are looking for. Our section on X-rays/MRI/CT scans will provide more detail on what we mean here.