What Can Cause Pain in Multiple Joints?

Reviewed on 11/17/2020

What Is Multiple Joint Pain?

Various arthritis disorders and some autoimmune disorders, as well as other conditions, may cause pain in multiple joints.
Various arthritis disorders and some autoimmune disorders, as well as other conditions, may cause pain in multiple joints.

Joints are the parts of the body where the bones meet that allow movement of the body. Joint pain is called arthralgia and joint inflammation is called arthritis

Polyarticular joint pain (polyarthralgia) is pain that involves multiple joints. Polyarticular joint disorders may affect different joints at different times.

What Are Symptoms of Pain in Multiple Joints?

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Joint pain may be accompanied by symptoms such as: 

  • Joint inflammation 
  • Warmth
  • Swelling 
  • Skin redness in the joint area
  • Bruising or bleeding, if caused by injury

What Causes Pain in Multiple Joints?

There are many possible causes of pain in multiple joints, including:

How Is Pain in Multiple Joints Diagnosed?

Pain in multiple joints is diagnosed with a physical examination of the joints and a history of symptoms.

Tests that may be indicated to help diagnose the cause of pain in multiple joints include: 

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What Is the Treatment for Pain in Multiple Joints?

Treatment for pain in multiple joints involves treating the underlying disorder and may include:

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Reviewed on 11/17/2020
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