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Joint Pain (cont.)

Joint Pain Symptoms

Joint pain can be aggravated by motion, pressure, or weight-bearing resistance with activity. Joint pain can be associated with local warmth, swelling, and tenderness.

When to Seek Medical Care

If you have pain in the joint that persists after one week, it should be evaluated by a health-care practitioner. Moreover, severe pain in the joint should be medically evaluated as soon as possible.

Exams and Tests

The health-care practitioner will take a history of your symptoms leading up to and associated with your joint pain. What activity(ies), if any, that you were doing when your joint pain began should be discussed. Aggravating and relieving conditions that affect the degree of your pain will also be important to discuss. After an examination, further testing might be necessary, including blood tests and X-rays or other imaging studies. Occasionally, MRI scanning is helpful if the problem requires further definition.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/4/2015

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