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What is arthralgia?

Arthralgia describes joint stiffness. Among its many causes are overuse, sprains, injury, gout, tendonitis and a number of infectious diseases, including rheumatic fever and chickenpox.


Symptoms can include:

  • Back pain
  • Loss of spine flexibility
  • Inflammation of the eyes, lungs and heart valves
  • Swelling and stiffness of the spine and sacroiliac joints


Diagnosis requires careful clinical evaluation.


For non-arthritis joint pain, rest and exercise can help, as can warm baths, massage and stretching exercises. On the advice of a physician, anti-inflammatory medications may help relieve pain and swelling.

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