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Are your knees and elbows aching? Take this quiz to spot possible causes -- and how to find relief.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: The only time one of your joints will cause pain or discomfort is if it is fractured or broken.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Joint discomfort can be the result of many conditions and problems, not just a fracture or broken bone.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a possible cause of joint pain?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Joint pain can be the result of several conditions and problems, including congenital disorders, injuries, trauma and skeletal misalignment.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: Damage done to joints typically stays isolated to the joint, not causing problems elsewhere in your body.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Once one part of a joint starts to deteriorate, other joints tend to follow. For example, muscles surrounding an injured ligament may have to contract more strongly to take pressure off of the injured side. This increased exertion may pull one of the bones slightly to the side, forcing the edges of the two bones to scrape together. This can lead to inflammation and other conditions.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: The heavier you are, the more your body can use fat as cushion in your joints and the less joint pain you will experience.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Fat is not used as a cushion for joints. Actually, being overweight can increase joint pain -- extra weight causes an uneven distribution of stress on your skeleton. The heavier you are, the more severe joint pain may be.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

What is the role of synovial fluid in joints?

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The correct answer is: Synovial fluid lubricates the joints and permits smooth movement. It moves into the cartilage when a joint is resting, and moves out into the joint space when the joint is active, particularly when the joint is engaged in a weight-bearing activity.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a symptom of possible severe joint injury?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. The following signs may indicate severe joint damage: significant bruising and swelling, significant deformity, inability to use the affected area normally, severe pain or the area is cold and numb.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: Cracking your knuckle joints will lead to arthritis.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Research has found no connection between cracking your joints and arthritis. However, habitual knuckle crackers do show signs of other damage, including soft tissue damage in the joint capsule and a decrease in grip strength.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

After a fall, how long should you wait before seeking medical care if you suspect you have a joint injury?

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The correct answer is: If you feel that the pain is not resolved 7 to 10 days after a fall, see your doctor. A lack of blood in a particular joint can slow or even prevent healing of injured tissue, and should be assessed.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of these conditions is caused by pressure and swelling around the wrist joint?

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The correct answer is: Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on a nerve (the median nerve) and swelling in the wrist. The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include tingling, numbness, weakness or pain felt in the fingers, thumb, hand and sometimes into the forearm.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which of these conditions increase your likelihood of developing carpal tunnel syndrome?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Several conditions and actions can increase risk or further aggravate existing carpal tunnel syndrome, including prolonged used of a computer mouse and keyboard, using tools (especially vibrating tools such as a power sander, for long periods) and doing knitting or needlework for prolonged periods. Other conditions that increase your risk are diabetes, pregnancy, hypothyroidism, obesity and arthritis.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Wrist supports may actually cause additional damage to your wrist joint.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Wrist supports may cause weakness of the ligaments and tendons in your wrist. Your joint may become stiff and wrist supports may press on nerves and blood vessels. Your skin can become thinner and break down, causing skin ulcers.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: You cannot prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.

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The correct answer is: This is false. You may not be able to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, but you can do certain things to cut your risk or help slow down the condition's progression. Sit up straight so your shoulders, arms and hands are more relaxed, keeping your wrists bent at a natural angle when using the computer. Also, take breaks to stretch your hands often.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Who is more likely to experience a hip fracture?

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The correct answer is: Twenty-five percent of women over age 65 will suffer a fractured hip in their lifetimes, compared to just 15 to 20 percent of men.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: Only use ice to treat joint injuries.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Use ice for the first 48 hours after an injury to reduce swelling. Once the swelling has gone down, use heat to loosen up the joint and increase flexibility.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: Joint damage can lead to osteoarthritis.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Years of joint stress and injuries can lead to osteoarthritis. Even with surgeries, your joints may eventually suffer osteoarthritis.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a form of low-impact exercise?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Low-impact exercises include walking, bicycling or swimming. Doing low-impact exercise can help you keep your ligaments, joints, muscles and bones in good shape, which can prevent joint pain.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which of these nutrients helps promote bone, joint and muscle health?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. A diet rich in calcium, vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids (such as those found in salmon and mackerel) promote bone, joint and muscle health.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which of these may help you prevent a hip fracture?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. As you get older, hip fractures from falls become a bigger concern. You can prevent such fractures by avoiding medications that make you dizzy or drowsy, having your eyes checked regularly so poor vision doesn't interfere with your walking and doing muscle-strengthening exercises that increase bone strength and balance. Finally, remove any "fall hazards" such as flimsy rugs, clutter or furniture in walkways.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: Good posture protects your neck, back, hips and knee joints.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Good posture protects the joints in your neck, back, hips and knees. Over time, bad posture will result in chronic joint problems.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which of these acronyms is an easy way to remember how joint injuries should be treated?

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The correct answer is: If you do experience joint pain or related strains and sprains in the surrounding soft tissue, it's best to follow the RICE protocol. Rest (stay off the injured area); Ice (to reduce swelling); Compression (wrap the area in a bandage to help support the weakened tissues); Elevation (keep the injured area propped higher than the level of the heart to decrease blood flow and prevent swelling).

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