Physical Therapist Questions Gout

Is joint pain a symptom of gout?

I am having a lot of pain in my joints including my knees and elbows. Could this be a sign of gout or is it something else? Can I take up any form of exercises to reduce this pain?

6 Answers

Joint pain could be from different reasons. Gout is one of them. Gout also presents with other symptoms like pain/burning sensation to touch. Most of the other joint pains can be treated with physical therapy.


Dr. Kavaserry, DPT
Gout is a metabolic disorder when the uric acid elevated in the blood. It usually starts in the feet and is very common in big toes. Not only pain, swelling, redness, and tenderness.
It is a symptom of gout, but you should see your primary care physician for testing in order to confirm. Gentle range of motion exercises may help meanwhile while you're waiting for your results.
It can be. Typically, joint pain affects the smaller joints such as your toes. It can be in your bigger joints, but it can be other things such as rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, etc. It's in your best interest to further investigate with simple blood work. In regards to exercise, no matter what you have, exercise is always beneficial. However, speak to a physical therapist to determine which exercises are for you at this given time. The wrong exercise at the wrong time may be more negative than positive. When in doubt, listen to your symptoms. Increase in pain longer than a 24-hour period is usually a sign of either too much activity or wrong activity.

Daniel Prata PT, DPT, COMT
Since you are having pains in both knees and elbows, you should see your primary care doctor. There may be other issues going on such as auto immune diseases
If you are having similar symptoms in multiple joints, then it is possible you have a systemic issue going on. I would recommend a visit to your MD for a work up.