Essentially, your joints form the connection between your bones. Aside from providing support, they also help make movement possible.
That being said, it would be safe to assume that any damage to your joint, regardless if it’s from injury or disease, will not only cause a lot of pain but will also likely to interfere with movement. Painful joints can be attributed to several conditions — osteoarthritis, gout, sprains, rheumatoid arthritis, injuries, strains, and bursitis, to name a few.
Joint pain is very common, so common that a national survey conducted revealed that at least one-third of the respondents reported experiencing joint pain within the past 30 days. Knee pain was ranked as the most prevalent complaint, followed by hip and shoulder pain.
However, joint pain can affect any parts of the body, from the shoulders and the hands down to the ankles and the feet. While it is unfortunate to note, joint pain can occur more often as one gets older. Pain in the joint can range from irritating to debilitating. It can linger for several weeks or months (chronic) or it can disappear after three weeks (acute).
Unfortunately, even joint pain that is short-term can often already affect the quality of your life.