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Joint pain

Also known as Arthralgia, Aching Joints, and Painful Joints

Arthralgia (from Greek arthro-, joint + -algos, pain) literally means joint pain; it is a symptom of injury, infection, illnesses (in particular arthritis) or an allergic reaction to medication.

Source: Wikipedia

What causes it?

The most common causes of joint pain are osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, and rheumatoid arthritis. Other possible causes, such as chronic back pain, are more rare.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with joint pain often receive hematologic tests, complete blood count, lipid panel, physical therapy exercises, other diagnostic procedures (interview; evaluation; consultation), magnetic resonance imaging, depression screen and examination of foot .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with joint pain include methotrexate, hydroxychloroquine (plaquenil), nabumetone, colchicine, etanercept (enbrel), sulfasalazine, amantadine, infliximab (remicade), teriparatide (forteo), exemestane (aromasin), sulindac, masoprocol topical and pitcher plant .

Methotrexate
$14
(28 days)
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil)
$17
(28 days)
Nabumetone
$32
(28 days)
Colchicine
$30
(28 days)
Etanercept (Enbrel)
$1760
(28 days)
Sulfasalazine
$20
(28 days)
Amantadine
$28
(28 days)
Infliximab (Remicade)
$2995
(28 days)
Teriparatide (Forteo)
$929
(28 days)
Exemestane (Aromasin)
$324
(28 days)
Sulindac
$18
(28 days)
Masoprocol Topical

Pitcher Plant

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for joint pain include race/ethnicity = other age 45-59 years. On the other hand, age 1-4 years and age < 1 years almost never get joint pain.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.0x
5-14 years
0.5x
15-29 years
0.6x
30-44 years
1.2x
45-59 years
1.8x
60-74 years
1.2x
75+ years
0.8x

Sex

Male
0.8x
Female
1.2x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.9x
Hispanic
0.9x
White
1.0x
Other
1.6x
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