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Joint pain can be signs of rheumatic disease

Joint pain in adults

Definition of joint pain

Rheumatic pains in joints occur with or without concomitant joint swelling. Joint pain may include few or many joints, be newly emerged or chronic. The cause is most often harmless, but may be a sign of serious illness.


Joint pain has many possible causes from harmless symptoms to severe underlying disease. Further descriptions below:

Swollen joint

One or more joints are swollen, sore and the skin above the joint is often warm

  • Generally, the general condition is affected (lax, night sweats, feverishness)
  • Blood tests most often show elevated CRP, Lowering reaction (SR). The number of platelets (platelets) may be increased
  • Ultrasound and / or MRI studies show typical changes in affected joints (CT and / or X-ray do not show early joint changes)

Many possible diseases with arthritis (alphabetical order):

More about arthritis, please read more on your own page about arthritis diseases here


  • After the age of 40
  • Fingers (bone thickening at the end joint (DIP-joints), intermediate joints (PIP joints) and thumbs
  • Toes (great toes` main joint, hallux valgus)
  • Hips (pain with radiance to the groin, reduced rotation in the joints)
  • Knee (pain and swelling at and after stress. Previous injuries are predisposed)
  • Pain at stress (no pain when resting)
  • X-ray examinations show typical changes
  • No findings in blood tests
  • More about osteoarthritis, please read more about osteoarthritis here

Joint pain (without swelling / without arthritis), arthralgia

Joint pain may have different causes

Joint pain caused by underlying disease

Joint pain in children

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