There are many possible causes for joint pain, but the most common are injury or arthritis.
Arthritis is at the root of most chronic and severe joint pain. According to the CDC, about one in four adults in the U.S. with arthritis report experiencing severe pain from arthritis, and half report persistent pain.
Although often associated with adults over 65, arthritis can affect adults of all ages, both sexes, and all races and ethnicities.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, affecting nearly half of all Americans over 65.1 It is the result of the deterioration of the cartilage that acts as a cushion between the bones in a joint.
Cartilage can wear down over time due to normal friction and pressure, but it can also be the result of an injury, genetics, or obesity. Osteoarthritis is specifically linked to activity and overuse.
Other types of arthritis that result in joint pain are psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. These are autoimmune diseases that cause inflammation in the joints.
Injury is the other main cause of joint pain. If the joint pain caused by an injury lasts longer than three weeks, it’s considered chronic pain. Injury caused by accidents, sprains, and sports can leave you with lasting, infuriating, joint pain.
Other Causes of Joint Pain