A rheumatologist is consulted for joint and muscle problems treatment, to get rid of joint pain or discomfort that arises from paining joints and aching muscles. Joint pain, which is also known as arthralgia does not involve any long-term problems. Patients can have aching joints from a joint infection or septic arthritis or if they are suffering from problems of rheumatism. In both the cases, a specialized doctor or a rheumatologist must be consulted immediately because early treatment will reduce any long-term problems. Inflammation or swelling of the joint can give birth to sore joints and muscles, the pattern of the pain will depend on the underlying cause and the number of joints affected. Problems with the lining of the joint, bone degeneration or misaligned bone structure or a tendon or ligament tear can lead to severe pain. At times joint pain is also felt at the course of the nerve which is known as ‘referred pain'. If joint pain is associated with redness, swelling, tenderness of the joint, joint deformity, persistent pain, then the doctor should be consulted immediately. After carrying out blood tests and an X-ray, the doctors prescribe ibuprofens or paracetamols to lessen the pain. Patients are advised against using the joint in a way that might worsen or cause further pain. Any type of sports activities, long walks should be avoided and an ice pack should be applied on the painful joint for 20 minutes every day.
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