Where Does It Hurt?

ThedaCare Orthopedics and physical rehabilitation

Pinpoint Your Pain
Bone, muscle, and joint pain can happen just about anywhere in your body, from your head to your toes. Identifying where your pain is located—and knowing what symptoms to pay attention to—will help you and your doctor determine the best type of treatment.

Upper Body Pain
Some pain affects areas of your head, neck, back, and arms. Symptoms include:

Head

  • Severe stiffness in your neck
  • Bleeding or clear fluid coming from your ears or nose
  • Convulsions
  • Difficulty remembering recent events or personal information
  • Severe headache, particularly one that comes on quickly and in a specific location
  • Mental confusion or strange behavior
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness, poor balance, or unsteadiness while walking
  • Weakness in your arms or legs
  • Extreme drowsiness or sleepiness
  • Different pupil sizes
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constant ringing in your ears
  • Slurred speech
  • Visual problems, such as "seeing stars" or blurred vision
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or difficulty waking
  • Fatigue
  • Poor concentration/easily distracted
  • Trouble with memory
  • Increased sensitivity to light and sound
  • Loss of sense of taste or smell

Neck

  • Muscle spasms, reduced flexibility, and pain
  • Swelling, with reduced flexibility
  • Weakness, numbness, or tingling down the arm
  • Stiffness, dizziness, or disturbed sleep
  • Persistent headache

Back

  • Pain around the low back and upper buttocks
  • Low back muscle spasms
  • Difficulty moving from a seated position to a standing position
  • Inability to lay down without pain
  • Pain radiating into the buttocks and leg area

Shoulder, Arm, and Forearm

  • Inability to carry objects or raise or use your arm
  • Something not working normally with a joint, or any physical changes of a joint
  • Pain that occurs at night or at rest, or lasts more than a few days
  • Swelling or significant bruising around the joint or arm
  • Fever, redness, and warmth

Wrist

  • Inability to carry objects or use your wrist
  • Noticeable physical changes of the joint
  • Pain that occurs at night or at rest, or lasts more than a few days
  • Inability to straighten or flex the joint
  • Swelling or significant bruising around the joint or forearm
  • Fever, redness, and warmth

Hand

  • Inability to carry objects or use your hand
  • Noticeable physical changes of the wrist or finger joints
  • Pain that lasts more than a few days
  • Inability to straighten or flex the wrist and finger joints
  • Swelling or significant bruising around the joints
  • Fever, redness, and warmth

Lower Body Pain
Some problems affect areas of your hips, legs, and feet. Symptoms include:

Hip and upper leg

  • Inability to walk comfortably on the affected side
  • Noticeable physical changes of the joint
  • Pain that occurs at night or at rest, or lasts more than a few days
  • Inability to bend at the hip
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Swelling of your hip or thigh area
  • Fever, redness, and warmth

Knee

  • Inability to walk comfortably on the affected side
  • Pain when walking down stairs
  • Injury that causes noticeable physical changes around the joint
  • Pain that occurs at night or at rest, or lasts more than a few days
  • Instability or "giving way" of the joint
  • Locking, or inability to bend your knee
  • Popping of the joint associated with pain
  • Swelling of the joint or calf area
  • Fever, redness, and warmth

Shin

  • Pain when walking
  • Pain over the front of the tibia (shin) bone
  • Pain when going up or down stairs

Ankle, Foot, and Heel

  • Inability to walk on your foot
  • Significant swelling
  • Skin discoloration of your ankle, foot, and/or heel area
  • Pain that does not improve quickly and lasts more than a few days
  • Pain in your foot, on the undersurface of your heel, above your ankle, or in your calf
  • Enlargement of your ankle, foot, or heel
  • Numbness and tingling in your toes

Starting Down the Path to Relief
You don’t have to figure out what’s wrong on your own. Make an appointment with your primary care doctor or call Orthopedics Plus at 920-831-5050 or 888-848-4528 to set up an appointment with one of our specialists. We’ll get you started on a tailored treatment plan right away.

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