Identifying the progression of joint pain in the body is important for prevention, reduction of symptoms, and avoidance of pain.
Joint pain is something that affects millions of people across the planet. It comes in various forms and in different levels of severity, and one of the biggest things to consider isn’t just the cause of your joint pain, but whether or not you’re suffering from progressive joint pain. Also, just learning how the pain progresses is important for managing it and possibly for preventing it.
Progressive joint pain is usually defined as pain that has been present in one joint for more than six weeks. Minor pains caused by overuse or injury will usually heal themselves after this length of time and if you’re still suffering from the pain, it could be a sign of more serious problems including arthritis, fibromyalgia, gout, viral infections, and more. The majority of pain within the joints that is of a progressive nature can usually be linked to the deterioration of ligaments, tendons, or cartilage.
In the case of arthritis and similar conditions, it is cartilage deterioration that causes the pain. And this will indeed get progressively worse. It begins with the gradual wearing down of the cartilage in the joint, the substance that provides the cushion between bones and keeps them from touching each other. As the cartilage thins due to wear and tear, the space between the bones lessens until eventually they may touch. This triggers swelling, stiffness, and more. The pain and other symptoms will progress from minor to severe over time.
Ligament and tendon tears are similar. They begin with minor fraying of the tissue that may present as minor pain or swelling. But over time, those frays turn into something more and could lead to injuries like major tears. Just as with arthritis, the pain begins as a minor ache but will gradually progress and grow worse over a period of time.
No matter the specific cause of your joint pain, the odds are that it will get progressively worse as time goes on. You can’t avoid using most of your joints since they’re a key part of continuing your life normally. As a result, it’s important to determine what is causing the pain and figure out which steps you can take to prevent the progression of the problem and the development of the pain. With the right countermeasures in place you might be able to ward off the worst of the pain.