What is arthralgia?

Arthralgia is pain in one or more of your joints. The pain may be described as sharp, dull, stabbing, burning or throbbing, and may range in intensity from mild to severe. There are many causes of arthralgia, including injury, infection, arthritis, and other ailments. The most common cause is arthritis, which is inflammation of the joints. There are many different types of arthritis.

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Treatment for arthralgia will vary depending on the joint that is affected, the severity of the pain, and the underlying cause. Treatment will address the underlying cause and alleviate or manage symptoms. Minor arthralgia can be treated at home with over-the-counter medications that reduce pain and swelling, or by icing, taking warm baths, or stretching.

More severe cases of arthralgia may benefit from medical procedures, such as steroid injections, joint aspiration, or physical therapy.

Although life-threatening complications of arthralgia are rare, seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have joint pain due to injuries that involve profuse bleeding or tissue damage, severe joint pain, or high fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit).

Seek prompt medical care if you are being treated for arthralgia but mild symptoms recur or are persistent.

SYMPTOMS

What are the symptoms of arthralgia?

The primary symptom of arthralgia is joint pain. The pain may be described as sharp, dull, stabbing, burning or throbbing. It may range in intensity from mild to severe. The joint pain may appear suddenly or develop and worsen over time.

Common symptoms of arthralgia

You may experience arthralgia symptoms daily or just once in a while. Any of these arthralgia symptoms c... Read more about arthralgiasymptoms

CAUSES

What causes arthralgia?

There are many causes of arthralgia. Arthralgia with sudden joint pain may be caused by an injury, while arthralgia that develops and worsens over time may be due to an underlying disease or disorder. The most common cause of arthralgia is arthritis<... Read more about arthralgiacauses

TREATMENTS

How is arthralgia treated?

Treatment for arthralgia begins with seeking medical care from your health care provider. Treatment will vary depending on the joint that is affected, the severity of the pain, and the underlying cause. Treatment will address the underlying cause and will aim to alleviate or manage symptoms.

Minor arthralgia may be managed through a home care plan recommended by your heath care pr... Read more about arthralgiatreatments

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 9, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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