Joint pain is any discomfort or soreness around your body’s joints.

The most common joints that can become painful include the elbow, knee and shoulder. Sometimes joint pain can indicate a serious issue.

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What causes joint pain?

Some of the most common causes of joint pain are:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Bursitis (inflammation of joint pads)
  • Infections
  • Injury
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendinitis (also called tendonitis)
  • Strains or sprains

Joint pain becomes more common as you age.

One common cause of shoulder joint pain is a rotator cuff injury. If you have rotator cuff pain, you may have a torn rotator cuff.

This is especially common in people who perform repeated overhead motions. Some tears occur over time, while some are the result of one injury. Torn rotator cuffs often require physical therapy or surgery.

How is joint pain treated?

If the joint pain is mild and you know the source, you can treat it at home. If you don’t know where the pain is coming from, or if it doesn’t go away after three days, seek a healthcare provider.

A provider will be able to determine the cause and treat it.

You may be able to avoid joint pain by staying physically active, stretching and keeping your body weight within a healthy range.

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If you are experiencing joint pain that doesn’t go away or is very severe, locate your nearest CareNow® urgent care clinic to set up a visit and get the appropriate treatment.

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