When you experience pain in your joints, it can be hard to pinpoint the source or cause of that pain. Either way, chronic or ongoing pain can be debilitating, especially if that pain is affecting your joints. From constricted movement to challenges doing daily tasks, finding relief from joint pain, caused by arthritis or something else, can have a large impact on your quality of life. 

That’s where stem cell therapy comes in. Our stem cell therapy clinic is here to help you see how stem cells work to regenerate and regrow your cells, healing the damage that is causing your joint pain. Visit Beyer Stem Cell Institute in Tinley Park or sign up for one of our stem cell therapy seminars to learn more about the pain relief stem cell therapy provides. 

Joint and Arthritis Pain

It’s a common assumption that joint pain is just a part of aging. But joint pain can affect many different areas of your life, whether you’re older or younger. Joint pain can also vary in severity from minor aches to severe pain that impacts movement and your everyday life. 

Joint pain can be inflammation or discomfort that occurs in your joint. But the most common cause of joint pain is arthritis. As you age, it can be hard to tell if the pain you have in your joints indicates early signs of aging, joint injuries, or other damage. It can also get confusing because there are different types of arthritis, some that appear as you age and some that are caused by other sources.  

Identifying the cause of your pain, or the type of arthritis you have, can help influence your treatment options for pain relief. Below, we will discuss some of the most common types of arthritis that could be causing your pain 

Osteoarthritis 

This is the most common form of arthritis and happens when your joints are overused or as you age. Other factors, like obesity and joint injuries, can add additional stress to your joints, causing osteoarthritis. 

With osteoarthritis, your cartilage — the connective material that both covers and protects the ends of your bones, like your leg and arm bones — breaks down. The cartilage absorbs shock as you move and walk so when that breaks down, your bones aren’t able to absorb that shock, making certain movements extremely challenging and painful. 

Common Symptoms

Common symptoms associated with osteoarthritis can include: 

  • Stiffness after sitting or resting
  • Aching pain
  • Pain when walking
  • Stiffness in the morning 
  • Challenges gripping things, bending over, and doing common daily movements
  • Joints that are warm to the touch
  • Swollen joints that are difficult to move 
  • Joints that are unable to move through their whole range of motion

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis, abbreviated RA, is an autoimmune disease which means that the immune system starts attacking different parts of your body, including the joints. This leads to inflammation which leads to joint damage and causes pain that can be worse than the pain associated with osteoarthritis. 

Common Symptoms

With rheumatoid arthritis, the symptoms can either appear suddenly or gradually. Some common symptoms include: 

  • More than one joint that is swollen
  • Stiff joints in the morning (that can even last all day long) 
  • Swelling that creates a symmetrical pattern — for example, if something is swollen on your left side, the same thing will probably be swollen on the right side 
  • Pain, swelling, inflammation, and stiffness all over your body, including in your knees, shoulders, hands, wrists, neck, and elbows

Psoriatic Arthritis 

This type of arthritis causes inflammation of the skin (psoriasis) and joints (arthritis) that can affect the elbows and knees. This type of arthritis is most common in people aged 30 to 50 years. Unlike other types of arthritis, this inflammation of the skin and joints can cause red skin with silvery scales.

Common Symptoms

Psoriatic arthritis can affect only one or a few joints in the body. Symptoms to watch for include: 

  • Fingers and toes that are swollen
  • Fingernails that have become discolored or pitted 
  • One joint is affected, like the knee or the spine

Beyond Arthritis

There can be causes of joint pain that go beyond arthritis, however, ranging from injury and inflammation to infections.

Joint Injury 

Injuring your joints can cause joint pain even after that joint has healed. When you injure your joint, you can bruise your bone, damage your cartilage, or damage the surrounding structures like your ligaments. While these types of injuries can put you at risk of getting osteoarthritis in the future, the cause of your pain is not from the arthritis. 

Joint Inflammation

Joints can become inflamed even if you don’t have arthritis. This type of inflammation can be caused by a disease, infection, or injury. 

When one of your joints becomes inflamed, a part of your joint called the synovium — the soft tissue in your joint  — thickens, which causes synovial fluid production to increase, therefore swelling your joint. This type of swelling causes warmth, redness, pain, and stiffness around that joint, making movement challenging. 

Joint Infection

Another cause of joint pain could be an infection in that joint. When germs get into your body, they can travel to a joint and spread infection. If the infection is caught quickly, it can be treated. But the longer it takes to treat that joint, the more lasting damage. 

Pain Relief from Beyer Stem Cell Institute 

Whether your joint pain is caused by arthritis or another cause, stem cell therapy can be a solution to help heal that joint and provide pain relief. Stem cells target the other cells in your body and work as messengers to encourage those cells to regenerate. This creates a process in your body where your damaged cells are healing or regrowing. As these new, healthy cells are created, you’ll notice a decrease in your joint pain that goes beyond medications that just reduce or mask the pain. 

To learn more about how stem cell therapy could be a solution for you and your joint pain, make sure you visit Beyer Stem Cell Institute in Tinley Park. From an experienced functional medicine provider to our stem cell therapy seminars, visit our clinic to find pain relief today!