Bone pain is extreme tenderness, aching, or other discomfort in one or more bones. It differs from muscle and joint pain because it’s present whether you’re moving or not. The pain is commonly linked to diseases that affect the normal function or structure of the bone.
Some research shows that about one-third of all adults experience some type of joint pain every month. Which areas of the body are joint pains most likely to occur? These include any areas involved in repetitive movements or that take the brunt of the body’s weight, such as the low back, neck, knees, hips, shoulders and ankles.
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The most noticeable symptom of bone pain is discomfort whether you’re still or moving. Other symptoms depend on the particular cause of your bone pain.
Many conditions and events can lead to bone pain.
Injury is a common cause of bone pain. Typically, this pain arises when a person goes through some form of trauma, such as a car accident or fall. The impact may break or fracture the bone. Any damage to the bone can cause bone pain.
To stay strong, your bones require a variety of minerals and vitamins, including calcium and vitamin D. A deficiency in calcium and vitamin D often leads to osteoporosis, the most common type of bone disease. People in the late stages of osteoporosis often have bone pain.
This is cancer that started somewhere else in the body but spread to other body parts. Cancers of the breast, lung, thyroid, kidney, and prostate are among the cancers that commonly spread to the bones.
Bone cancer describes cancer cells that originate in the bone itself. Bone cancer is much rarer than metastatic bone cancer. It can cause bone pain when the cancer disrupts or destroys the bone’s normal structure.
5.Diseases that disturb blood supply to bones:
Some diseases, such as sickle cell anemia, interfere with the blood supply to the bone. Without a steady source of blood, bone tissue begins to die. This causes significant bone pain and weakens the bone.
If an infection originates in or spreads to the bones, it can cause a serious condition known as osteomyelitis. This infection of the bone can kill bone cells and cause bone pain.
Leukemia is cancer of the bone marrow. Bone marrow is found in most bones and is responsible for the production of bone cells. People with leukemia often experience bone pain, especially in the legs.
6.Bone pain in pregnancy:
Pelvic bone pain is a common occurrence for many pregnant women. This pain is sometimes referred to as pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PPGP). Symptoms include pain in the pubic bone and stiffness and pain in the pelvic joints.
PPGP typically doesn’t resolve until after delivery. Early treatment can reduce symptoms, though. Treatment options may include:
*manual therapy to move the joints correctly
*exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor
While common, PPGP is still abnormal. You should contact your doctor for treatment if you experience pelvic pain.
A doctor needs to identify the pain’s underlying cause to recommend treatment. Treating the underlying cause can drastically reduce or eliminate your pain.
Your doctor will perform a physical exam and ask about your medical history. Common questions include:
*Where is the pain located?
*When did you first experience the pain?
*Is the pain getting worse?
*Are there any other symptoms that accompany the bone pain?
*Your doctor may order blood tests to look for vitamin deficiencies or cancer markers.
Blood tests may also help your doctor detect infections and adrenal gland disorders that can interfere with bone health.
Bone X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans can help your doctor evaluate the affected area for injuries, bone lesions, and tumors within the bone.
Urine studies can be used to detect abnormalities within the bone marrow, including multiple myeloma.
In some cases, your doctor will need to run multiple tests to rule out certain conditions and to diagnose the exact cause of your bone pain and that may include blood test, urine analysis etc.
When the doctor has determined the cause of the bone pain, they’ll start treating the underlying cause. They may advise you to rest the affected area as much as possible. They’ll likely prescribe you a pain reliever for moderate to severe bone pain.
If your doctor is unsure of the cause and suspects an infection, they’ll start you on antibiotics. Take the full course of the medication, even if your symptoms go away within a few days. Corticosteroids are also commonly used to reduce inflammation.
Some Natural Remedies for Bone and Joint Pain :
*Epsom salt baths
*Stretching and exercising
*Hot and cold packs, with essential oils
*Collagen and other supplements
*Losing weight, if needed
Supplements that are helpful to reduce bone & joint pain:
*Proteolytic Enzymes — A great alternative to Aspirin is taking proteolytics enzymes.
*Anti-Inflammatory Herbs — Herbs like turmeric, ginger and boswellia are great for reducing inflammation throughout the body.
*Essential Fatty Acids — Omega-3 fats have benefits throughout your body, as they help fight inflammation.
*Electrolytes (like potassium and sodium) — You need electrolytes to reduce muscular pain, control fluid retention and help with detoxification.
*Calcium & Vitamin D — Bones and teeth need calcium, but the body cannot produce it naturally.
*Glucosamine — Naturally found in cartilage, the best way to consume glucosamine naturally is by preparing a bone broth.
*SAMe — This molecule helps build strong joints by delivering sulfur to cartilage.
If your Doctor can diagnose a particular disease for which the pain is caused, he or she will start to treat for that particular disease.
Disclaimer: This information is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advise or help. It is always best to consult with a Physician about serious health concerns. This information is in no way intended to diagnose or prescribe remedies.This is purely for educational purpose.