When your body aches, you want relief. Who wants to spend the time defining and pinpointing the exact location of the pain? Those who experience stiffness and discomfort due to age or injury seek medical attention for a solution, but it is important to determine the type of pain you’re suffering in order to be properly treated.
Muscle pain and joint pain, while both capable of hindering mobility, have their differences. At Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists, our full continuum of care allows us to treat these ailments so you can recover and resume your favorite activities in good time. Knowing where it hurts, and what hurts, helps determine the best course of healing.
Once you detect the differences between joint and muscle pain, the sooner you can receive the treatment you need.
It is possible to suffer muscle pain following an injury or illness, or if you have over-exerted yourself during exercise or other physical activity. You might experience spasms or cramps in the injured area, or sharp pains that last only a short time. Stretching before exercise or strenuous labor, like moving boxes or furniture, is one way to prevent this kind of pain.
This ailment is felt in your fingers, elbows, knees, and/or ankles – any joint in your body. These areas may feel stiff or tender when you try to move, and the pain might be duller but recurring. Joint pain such as arthritis occurs when the cartilage between your joint bones starts to wear away – it can happen as you age or due to illness or injury.
The Right Treatment
Depending on the severity of your pain, treatments may include oral or topical medication, physical therapy, or even minimally invasive surgery. While a home remedy may alleviate pain long enough to get through a work week, consulting with a physician can provide a lasting solution – one that gives you thorough healing and more mobility to prevent future aches.