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Repetitive Motion Injuries (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

When to call the doctor

  • Pain with movement of arms and legs
  • Tenderness over a joint or where a tendon connects
  • Redness and increased warmth over joint
  • Pain that wakes you from sleep
  • Inability to sleep on affected side
  • Inability to carry on normal activities of daily living (such as brushing your teeth or taking a shower)

When to go to the hospital

  • Certain signs and symptoms may mean that you have an infection and should be seen by a doctor immediately.
    • Joint pain or tenderness that is associated with fever, chills, nausea, or vomiting
    • If more than one joint is involved at the same time or the joint pain migrates from one joint to another
    • A history of high-risk behavior (unprotected sexual activity with multiple partners, IV drug use, history of sexually transmitted disease)
  • Any severe joint pain also needs a visit to your hospital's emergency department.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/10/2014
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