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What causes joint pain?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Having healthy joints is the key to maintaining an active lifestyle. There are many potential causes of joint pain. The most common causes include:

  • physical injuries such as sprains, fractures, or dislocations;
  • arthritis, including infectious arthritis and gout;
  • autoimmune diseases, such as lupus or Lyme disease.

If you suffer from stiff, achy joints, you're not alone. Twenty-seven million Americans have osteoarthritis—leader of the pack when it comes to joint-pain culprits. You can thank other causes, as well, including ligament and tendon damage, muscle tears, excess body weight, age, bad posture, and poor biomechanics.

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