There are more than 400 joints within the human body, and pain within them can range from uncomfortable to excruciating. Arthritis joint pain is a typical culprit, but the discomfort can be caused by a range of issues. Florida Hospital’s physicians are joint pain relief experts — trained precisely in recognizing the issues causing the pain, and developing an effective plan for treating it. Make an appointment with a joint pain specialist today.
What is Joint Pain?
The human body is a precise instrument with more than 400 joints located throughout the entire musculoskeletal system. Because joints are the connections between bones, they are involved in almost every activity and motion performed by the body. Healthy joints allow for movements to occur easily and without pain. However, when these connections become diseased or injured, the pain that results can become so severe that normal movement becomes impossible.
The many different types of joints within the body include:
- Ball-and-Socket Joints – This type of joint provides the most range of movement.
- Hinge Joints – This is the simplest type of joint. It’s found in the elbows and the joints of the fingers and toes.
- Gliding Joints – These joints permit a wide range of mostly sideways movements, as well as movements in one direction.
- Ligaments of the Hand and Wrist – These joints stabilize the many connections inside the hand and wrist, which are critical for dexterity.
- Saddle Joints – This type of joint is more versatile than either a hinge joint or a gliding joint. It allows movement in two directions.
- Spine, Vertebra and Disk – Each pair of vertebrae is connected by a joint which stabilizes the vertebral column and allows it to move. There’s also a disk-shaped pad of fibrous cartilage to provide cushion.
Florida Hospital Orthopaedic Institute
Ranked over the past 10 years as one of the top orthopaedic programs in the nation by Orthopaedic Network News, Florida Hospital has been a longtime provider of stellar joint pain care. Within our programs are some of the country’s leading orthopaedic specialists, using a full roster of treatments to relieve joint pain and any conditions that may be causing it. Learn more about the Florida Hospital Orthopaedic Institute.