Joint Pain

By Jon Stiffler PTA/Sports Center Manager

Joint Pain Overview

Joint pain can be caused by any injury or condition affecting any of the ligaments, bursae, or tendons surrounding the joint. Also, it can occur naturally as people age, and may be affected by their level of physical activity. It can be linked to arthritis, bursitis, and muscle pain. No matter what causes the joint pain can be very bothersome.

The intensity of pain ranges from mild to severe. You may only experience it after certain activities, or it can start to limit movement, and make the ability to bear weight painful.

Joint pain can be treated by an orthopedic specialist or physical therapist.

Pain in the shoulder joint is a common, yet fixable problem.


The following conditions are common causes of joint pain:

  • Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
  • Broken Bones.
  • Bursitis.
  • Chondromalacia of the patellae.
  • Crystals in the joint such as gout (mainly found in the big toe).
  • Dislocations.
  • Fibromyalgia.
  • Injury, such as a fracture.
  • Leukemia.
  • Lupus.
  • Osteoarthritis.
  • Osteomyelitis (bone infection).
  • Septic arthritis (joint infection).
  • Sprains.
  • Tendinitis.
  • Unusual exertion or overuse, including strains or sprains of muscles or ligaments.


If the pain is mild, you may be able to try some at home remedies:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium may be able to help.
  • Avoid activities that cause the pain.
  • Use the RICE protocol:
    • Rest.
    • Ice.
    • Compression.
    • Elevation.
  • Apply a heating pad, or soak the joint in a warm tub to relax muscles and increase circulation.

JOI Fracture and Injury Care

JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP Fracture care. Make an appointment by calling (904) JOI-2000. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury. In addition, to learn more about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care.

For moderate to severe joint pain, you should consult a physician. To make an appointment with an orthopedic specialist, click the banner below or call JOI-2000.


All JOI Physicians, Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists now offer Telemedicine services for virtual visits from the convenience of your home. If you feel that it is best to stay in your own home during this time, we can still provide orthopaedic Telehealth services for you. Through the download of the free Zoom app on the your phone, tablet or laptop. Also, our physicians and Telehealth for Physical Therapy can evaluate you and provide the care you need.

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By: Jon Stiffler, PTA/Sports Center Manager

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