Causes of joint pain
Jerky stresses are particularly painful. "Start-up" pain in the joints that occurs when beginning a movement is typical. For example, pain in the knee becomes apparent when you get out of a car after sitting for a long time. Once you've got going, the pain improves, but it returns after longer periods of using the joint.
Joint pain that onsets suddenly after a fall, trauma or after an accident can indicate a sprain, dislocation, ligamentous injury or a bone fracture. For laypersons, it is often difficult to differentiate between the various forms of injury. For instance, bone fractures and ligament injuries may not cause much pain at all, while a "harmless" sprain can be very painful. So do not wait for joint pain to improve by itself, talk to your doctor. Only he can decide whether and what treatment is necessary.
A sign of osteoarthritis?
Stubborn joint pain could be the first sign of osteoarthritis (wear and tear of the joints).