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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


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What kind of doctor treats hand wrist joint pain?

What kind of doctor treats hand wrist joint pain?

Many!: Many specialists are expert: rheumatology; orthopedic surgeons; physiatry; plastic hand surgeons. But a good pcp can do the trick. ...Read more

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Type of doctor to see for joint pain?

Type of doctor to see for joint pain?

Depends: Depends on what joint is affected. The options are the internist or orthopaedic or rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What type of doctor for foot joint pain?

What type of doctor for foot joint pain?

Orthopedist or podia: An orthopedist, preferably an orthopedic foot and ankle specialist, or a podiatrist would be the two usual choices. ...Read more

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Sacroiliac joint pain. Do I need to see a doctor?

Yes: Typically sacroiliac or si joint pain is best diagnosed and treated by a physician. The physician can help determine the cause of the pain which can be secondary to: inflammation, trauma or an imbalance of forces acting on a joint. The physican can then determine the best treatment for the pain. ...Read more

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Sacroiliac joint pain for past couple days. Should I see a doctor?

Sacroiliac joint pain for past couple days. Should I see a doctor?

Yes: It is difficult even for an experienced clinician to determine whether someone's back pain is coming from the sacroiliac joints, the ligaments, tendons, or overlying muscles. Once a doctor determines what the cause of your pain is, an appropriate treatment can be planned. ...Read more

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I have joint pain on fingers after playing the piano. Can't move. Never happened before. Should I see a doc? Pain goes away after break. What is cause

I have joint pain on fingers after playing the piano. Can't move. Never happened before. Should I see a doc? Pain goes away after break. What is cause

Playing the piano: Hi Maria: Piano can look effortless but improper hand, and arm position can be associated with hand and arm pain. The common injuries include tendon swelling. It is best to have a careful joint examination from your doctor who can then narrow down the likely cause of your pain. Best regards, Nisha ...Read more

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ALT 76 U/L. Have joint pain and mild itching too. Should I wait for a month & try to reduce some fat to see if it lowers or see the doc immediately?

ALT 76 U/L. Have joint pain and mild itching too. Should I wait for a month & try to reduce some fat to see if it lowers or see the doc immediately?

Get lab work done: With the elevated liver enzyme + elevated ANA + symptoms, I am concerned about possible Autoimmune Hepatitis. Other forms of Hepatitis and other biliary tract disease are possible, so I think getting lab work and a physical exam is a better idea than watchful waiting and fat reduction. Please followup with your doctor. ...Read more

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How long can I wait with joint pain to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

How long can I wait with joint pain to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

Depends: Joint pain can be related to trauma and if it does not include a fracture, you can rest the joint, apply ice and use nsaids until it improves. If related to arthritis, then it may be a recurrent problem for you. If the problem persists, then see your doctor. ...Read more

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Should I see a doctor I have a temp of 98.3, I feel light headed, my entire body hurts its mucle pain and joint pain, my head wants to crumble, my throat has a clentchy hurting pain, I have lots of mucus, my nose goes from runny to clogged and back again,

The: The short answer is, of course, "yes-you should see a doctor."

without insurance, though, it becomes a more difficult answer. There are a few things that make it more important to see a physician. If you are getting dehydrated, you may need IV fluids. If you have a high fever (not with your current temperature) that does not come down with tylenol (acetaminophen) or anti-inflammatories, you could have a more severe infection. If you have trouble breathing, you may have pneumonia. Depending on your age, you could also have mononucleosis, in which case your liver and spleen need to be checked.

Assuming you saw your mother recently, you could have what she had. However, there are many different strains of flu and some are more dangerous than others.

Depending on your age and family history, the chest tightness you are having could be concerning for a heart attack.

You will have to decide the risks of waiting it out to see if you get better vs. The risks of missing something serious that is best treated early. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of resources to provide medical care and it is expensive. But also think about the costs of not seeing a doctor. ...Read more

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Should I have blood work done? What kind of doctor? I have been having muscle cramps and spasms. (even though I take potassium). I have been fatigued. Joint pain and stiffness

Should I have blood work done? What kind of doctor? I have been having muscle cramps and spasms. (even though I take potassium). I have been fatigued. Joint pain and stiffness

It: It is not readily apparent what the cause of your symptoms is. Suggest that you start with a work up by your primary care provider. It may be something that can be treated at that level. However, the results of the evaluation should be able to give your provider a direction to go in if a specialist is needed. ...Read more

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Joint pain in my hand lupus can't close my hand why?

Joint pain in my hand lupus can't close my hand why?

Arthritis: One get arthritic symptoms related to lupus
you may need to take some nsaids or
even get some physical therapy to help
get some relief.
Once you lose the motion it may be difficult
to regain it if you develop contractures. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosd with mctd rnp antibody of 1.9 and anachoice screen-positive the only symptom is joint pain in my hand/wrist (i do have carpal tnl?

Positive Labs: Positive labs are meaningless unless you have symptoms. At this point, your doctor is aware of the positive results and will likely follow your symptoms. The positive simply means you are at a greater chance of developing symptoms though not everybody does. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with IBD and I also have kidney stones. I am now having very bad joint pain in my hand and wrist. Should I go to the hospital?

Maybe...: Anyone with urinary stone experiencing initial intermittent severe flank pain for few hours or days followed with severe constant pain + chill/fever, should seek urgent evaluation so to see if developing stone-related infection - an emergency. And one with multiple systemic symptoms like you needs timely evaluation with detailed Hx stressing sequence of events + physical exam + testing as needed. ...Read more

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Swollen hands joint pain?

Swollen hands joint pain?

Not Sure?: Need more info to give you better direction. Possible general causes include, over use, injury, some infections or arthritis. Arthritis is a real possiblily at any age. If this keeps up, get it checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it okay to have hand joint pain while drinking?

Is it okay to have hand joint pain while drinking?

No: Finger pain while drinking? Unlikely to be related unless you are very cold sensitive; and that might be an issue with circulation... Hopefully, you are not smoking because that could be the cause of poor circulation. ...Read more

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What are the common causes of hand joint pain and stiffness?

What are the common causes of hand joint pain and stiffness?

Osteoarthritis: Most common cause is just plain old degenerative arthritis.But alos could be an inflammatory arthritis like rheumatoid. Occupational causes are also not unusual like tank truck drivers that have to open valves frequently. ...Read more

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Can there be anything doctors can do about shin splints and joint pain?

Can there be anything doctors can do about shin splints and joint pain?

Several things!: Proper footware and avoiding running on a hard surface is preventive, and nsaids with ice, heat, compression will oviously help with a graded return to activity! ...Read more

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What is name of specialist called that treats hand and wrist and joint pain?

Rheumatologist: The specialist you are describing is a rheumatologist, an expert in arthritis and related disorders. ...Read more

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I have moderate joint pain with swollen hands and a headache, what could this be?

See a Doctor: These seemingly disconnected symptoms are probably linked to a generalized or systemic illness going on like a kidney problem or an autoimmune illness like lupus. You need to see a doctor for a complete workup. ...Read more

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Had muscle and joint pain in both forearms through to hands for 3 weeks. No pain elsewhere. Any ideas?

Had muscle and joint pain in both forearms through to hands for 3 weeks. No pain elsewhere. Any ideas?

With out a hands-: -on exam, & images, anyone would B hard pressed to even hazard a guess. Get in 2 C a hand/upper extremity surgeon, one who is fellowship trained. Or depending on how Ur health care is managed, B Cn by who U R able 2 C, & get referrals if necessary. ...Read more

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I went to a doctor for joint pain and she prescribed me voltaren (diclofenac) gel. I am allergic to this medication?

I went to a doctor for joint pain and she prescribed me voltaren (diclofenac) gel. I am allergic to this medication?

What are you saying?: What is your question? Are you asking or stating that you are allergic to it? If you are, don't use it. If you are not, use it. If you are uncertain, speak with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have joint pain in my hands but x-rays show up normal. I'm being referred to a rheumatologist. What should I expect. Can they help me?

Potentially: Rheumatologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of many arthritic conditions. They will often order blodd tests to screen you for such conditions as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and a multiple number of potential causes of wrist pain in a young female. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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Can I ask my doctor to refer me to a pain mang doct for severe joint pain mainly in my knees or can I call myself cause I can't take the pain?

Wrong approach: See a rheumatologist first. Treating the cause of the pain will be more effective than just taking stronger and stronger pain meds. ...Read more

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Daughter-in-law (35) and grandson (9) have sticklers syndrome. She has constant joint pain and hip keeps dislocating. Can't find doctor for her.

Daughter-in-law (35) and grandson (9) have sticklers syndrome. She has constant joint pain and hip keeps dislocating. Can't find doctor for her.

Pediatric ortho: Even though she is an adult, she may want to see if a pediatric orthopedist in her area will see her. Call a regional children's hospital for names. They are really very educated about the orthopedic consequences of stickler's. Also make sure they are both seeing an opthalmologist regularly. Some pediatric specialists will see adults if they have congenital/hereditary conditions. ...Read more

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Today doc prescription mtx 2.5 3 pills once a week. I've taken nsaids for joint pain. If I stop today can I take it Monday or should I wait longer

Take it monday: The interactions are mainly related to further elevating the level of the methotrexate. You can take right after stopping but you should talk to your provider about what you can take some of the NSAID's should not be taken with it at all but others can with your providers approval. ...Read more