Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Joint Pains Overview

What are joint pains?
A person with joint pain has discomfort in a joint. The pain may be caused by injury, inflammation or infection.

What are the symptoms of joint pains?
Symptoms that can occur with joint pain include joint swelling, joint redness, joint warmth, joint stiffness, and joint deformity.

How does the doctor treat joint pains?
The treatment of joint pains depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for joint pains may include rest, elevation, warm compresses, stretching exercises, weight reduction, physical therapy, antibiotics, and pain medications. Medications used to treat arthritis include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroids, and drugs that suppress the immune system. Those with severe joint disease may require joint replacement surgery.

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Last Updated: Aug 19, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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