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A 24-year-old member asked:

How can i tell if it's joint pain or pain in muscles, bones, nerves, ligaments and/or tendons, etc, nearby (neck, l shoulder, r knee, etc)?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Hard to tell: Hard to know for sure. Tendons hurt when they try to move against something that wont move, ligaments hurt when stretched or pressed. Bones hurt when they carry a load or when pressed. Muscles hurt when compressed or pressed on or when they are used.Joints hurt when they are moved most of the time.
Dr. David Bailie
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
You can't: you need professional evaluation to determine
Last updated Nov 13, 2016

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