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Causes Of Sudden Joint Pain

Sudden Joint Pain
Sudden Joint Pain

A lot of health conditions can lead to joint pain, inflammation, swelling, etc. The joint pain associated with some conditions can develop gradually and it usually starts as mild discomfort and can become worse as the condition progresses. But some other conditions can lead to sudden and excruciating joint pain that can affect your everyday routines. Sudden joint pain can be concerning, especially, if you have not experienced it before. 

Therefore, you need to be aware of different health conditions that might create sudden and severe joint pain. Some of such conditions are listed below for your knowledge. 

Musculoskeletal Issues

Several musculoskeletal conditions can lead to the sudden occurrence of pain in the joints. In these situations, you might experience that the pain is emanating from tendons, ligaments, or muscles that surround the joints. Some common musculoskeletal conditions that can lead to joint pain are bursitis, tendinitis, and muscle sprain. 

In the case of musculoskeletal conditions, you might experience the pain suddenly, however, this might have been building up for a long time, and something may have finally happened that caused the pain to become severe. Conditions like repetitive stress injuries or carpal tunnel syndrome can develop without you noticing it before the pain and other symptoms become visible. 

Pain From Injuries

Injuries are a common factor that can lead to sudden and chronic joint pain. If some injuries affect your joints, it can cause severe pain, especially, when you move them. Similarly, old injuries might blow up every now and then, thereby creating pain. If minor joint injuries or flare-up of old injuries are the cause for your joint pain, the pain medications, rest, hot or cold treatments, etc. might be helpful for you. Nonetheless, in case of severe joint injuries, you have to consult your doctor for taking proper medications and treatments. 

Joint pain resulting from injuries like sprain, break, or dislocation can be severe. These problems can also lead to swelling, inflammation, etc. that can contribute to the pain. 


Gout flare-ups are a result of redundant uric acid levels in the body. The flare-ups associated with this condition can be sudden and severe and might even happen in the middle of the night thereby hindering your sleep. 

Additionally, infection of the joints, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus, etc. can also lead to chronic joint pain. So, if you experience sudden and chronic joint pain, then your best option is to consult with your doctor and getting an accurate diagnosis of the condition done.