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Why should I see a doctor if I have joint pain?

Grant Cooper, MD
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
If you have joint pain, you should see your doctor to find out why. Only your doctor can give you an accurate diagnosis, and thus prevent you from receiving the wrong treatment. Many problems besides osteoarthritis can cause joint pain and/or stiffness, including other types of arthritis, infection, bone disease, cancer, fracture, and injury to the ligaments. Treatment is specific for each disease and for each individual. Your doctor can look at your medical history, perform a comprehensive physical examination, and order the necessary tests.
The Arthritis Handbook: Improve Your Health and Manage the Pain of Osteoarthritis (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

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The Arthritis Handbook: Improve Your Health and Manage the Pain of Osteoarthritis (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

According to conventional wisdom, arthritis pain is an inevitable part of aging. Not so, says Dr. Grant Cooper in this practical, accessible guide. For those who do develop osteoarthritic conditions,...
Joint pain may be a sign of serious disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, infection or even cancer. Less serious causes of joint pain include cartilage injury, sprains and strains, all of which may benefit from physician diagnosis and care.

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