Signs and Symptoms

Signs:  A sign is something you can see like:

  • Swelling, Redness, and Bruising.

Symptoms: A Symptom is something that you feel.  Musculoskeletal Pain Symptoms May Include:

  • Sharp, Stabbing, Burning, Numbness and Tingling Pain -   Caused by joint impingement on a tendon and/or a herniated disc or arthritis placing pressure on a nerve root.

  • Aching, Soreness, Stiffness, Tightness - Caused Joint & Muscle Inflammation, Tendinitis, and Bursitis.


True Joint Pain is localized to the joint.  You would be able to point one finger at the pain site.

Generalized Joint Pain surrounds the joint.  You would use an open hand or a circular motion to describe the location of the pain.  The location may change as well.  You may say that the pain is the back of the knee one day and inside of the knee the next day.  This type of pain leads to the suspicion that the pain is referred from a muscle to or radiating from a nerve.