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What is joint pain and how common is it?

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Joint pain is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. It affects more than 50 million adults. Often referred to as arthritis, it’s broadly defined as discomfort where two or more bones meet. Though often mild, sometimes sporadic, and rarely an emergency, the pain can be severe, making it hard to move the joint.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Diabetic neuropathy/Definition.”

Arthritis Foundation: “What Is Arthritis?”

Mayo Clinic: “Joint pain/Definition.”

Mayo Clinic: “Joint pain/When to see a doctor.”

Mayo Clinic: “Joint pain/Causes.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Charcot Joints or Neuropathic Arthropathy."

Mayo Clinic: “Diabetic neuropathy/Symptoms.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Diabetic neuropathy/Definition.”

Arthritis Foundation: “What Is Arthritis?”

Mayo Clinic: “Joint pain/Definition.”

Mayo Clinic: “Joint pain/When to see a doctor.”

Mayo Clinic: “Joint pain/Causes.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Charcot Joints or Neuropathic Arthropathy."

Mayo Clinic: “Diabetic neuropathy/Symptoms.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

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