Since 1961, National Poison Prevention Week has helped raise awareness of toxins that occur naturally and appear in household products. According to the National Capital Poison Center, nearly 7 of every 1,000 adults in the U.S. were reported exposed to some type of poison in 2017, while 39 of every 1,000 children were affected. (source) Depending on the toxin and the nature of exposure, poisons may cause mild irritation, severe pain, or even serious illness and/or death. Joint pain may also flare up as a result.
Can toxicity be responsible for the aches in your knees, shoulders, and/or fingers? Certain elements can prove dangerous if ingested or handled in large doses. Two common types of poisoning that may negatively affect your joint health include:
Food poisoning – Consumption of spoiled meat, fish, or produce that leads to ingestion of bacteria like salmonella and E. coli can contribute to a type of pain called reactive arthritis. (source) Over-consumption of caffeine and flouride found in processed foods may also be a factor in joint pain. (source)
Heavy metal toxicity – Elements like lead, mercury and zinc may be harmless in trace amounts, but overdoses can cause not only joint pain, but muscle pain and other ailments. Processed foods, unfiltered water, and certain meats and fish can contain heavy metals that prove dangerous in the long term. (source)
At Bon Secours, our team of physicians and practitioners help patients throughout Hampton Roads treat joint pain. We treat the individual and work to determine not only the right solution for pain management, but the root cause – be it genetic or environmental. For more information on treatment of arthritis and joint pain, contact us.
For more information on Poison Awareness Week, visit the HRSA.