Alternate Names : Arthralgia, Pain in the Joints
What are the treatments for the condition?
Pain medications, such as aspirin or acetaminophen, can
be given to reduce pain. This may be the only treatment needed after an injury,
Other treatments are directed at the cause of the joint pain. Infections may be
treated with antibiotics.
Gout is often treated with medications such as allopurinol to help
improve the metabolism. Autoimmune
disorders can be treated with medications that suppress the immune
system, such as prednisone. A person with severe osteoarthritis or a bone tumor may need surgery.
What are the side effects of the treatments?
Aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, may cause stomach
upset, ulcers, or allergic
reactions. Any surgery carries a risk of bleeding, infection, and
allergic reaction to the anesthesia.
What happens after treatment for the condition?
If the joint pain is caused by a medication, the pain may go away as soon as
the medication is stopped. In these cases, a person can return to normal
activities when he or she is able. Someone with arthritis or
gout often needs lifelong treatment for flare-ups of joint pain.
How is the condition monitored?
A person with joint pain can usually monitor the pain at home. Any new or
worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider. Other
monitoring may be needed for the underlying cause of the joint pain. For
example, someone who has cancer affecting
the bone may need frequent visits to the healthcare provider and