Joints, particularly hinge joints like the elbow and the knee, are complex structures made up of bone, muscles, synovium, cartilage, and ligaments that are designed to bear weight and move the body through space.Suffering from joint pain? You’re not alone.
According to recent research, almost one-third of adults reported having joint
pain within the past month. Joint
pain can have lots of causes: injury, osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, or
gout to name just a
few. Not sure if your condition is severe enough to merit professional
attention? Take this five-minute questionnaire.
- I have persistent pain or stiffness after
getting out of bed in the morning.
- I have soreness and swelling in one or more
- I have persistent pain, stiffness, soreness or
swelling in one or more joints on an ongoing/recurrent basis.
- I avoid activities that I have previously loved
doing (going to church, walking, shopping, etc.).
- My joint pain is interfering with my sleep.
- I am avoiding social activities because I do not
want to slow everyone else down.
- My joint pain or the restrictions in my physical
activity are making me feel anxious, helpless or depressed.
- I have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and
have been holding off total joint replacement.
If you agreed or strongly agree with any of
these statements, you should consider seeking professional help. Contact
Orthopaedic Services at The Brooklyn Hospital Center by calling 1.877.TBHC.DOC,
or visit www.tbh.org for more information.ShareThis