Varying conditions can cause joint pain, such as gout, strains, injuries, osteoarthritis, bursitis, rheumatoid arthritis and general wear and tear. Pain can range from mildly irritating to debilitating and can be temporary or long-lasting.
Regular exercise, keeping your weight and diet in check, as well as taking safety precautions when undertaking sports and work can prevent injuries which could lead to joint pain.
Most joint pain can be managed with a combination of treatments. Reducing inflammation helps preserve function in the joints, aiding recovery and long-term pain management.
If you’re suffering from pain or swelling in the joints and are concerned, seek medical attention to receive the best advice on the cause of the pain and how to manage it.
At home; elevation, ice packs, compression and rest can help to reduce short-term symptoms. For longer term and more acute pain; pain-killers and anti-inflammatories are used to reduce swelling, while steroids may be injected directly into the affected joint. Depending on the type of joint pain, a programme of exercise and pain therapies will often be recommended.