What's causing your joint pain?

Joint pain can be caused by many different injuries or conditions. These include:

  • Overuse, stress or direct trauma to the joint (e.g. repeated kneeling)
  • Infection and inflammation
  • Ageing
  • Sprains of a ligament (e.g. sports injuries)
  • Underlying condition (e.g. osteoarthritis)

Six tips for joint pain relief

When your joints are aching, here are some tips that might bring you relief:

  • Self-care: avoid moving your joint in ways that worsen the pain. If your joint pain is due to injury, applying ice may help reduce inflammation. However, for joint pain caused by osteoarthritis, using a heat pack may give you relief.
  • Keep healthy: try to maintain a healthy weight to reduce stress on your joints.
  • Stay active: regular, appropriate exercise, as well as stretching and strengthening exercises can help with joint pain caused by conditions like osteoarthritis. Speak to your physiotherapist if you’re unsure what exercises you should do.
  • Control the pain: taking a simple pain reliever like Nurofen can provide temporary relief from joint pain and inflammation. If you’re over 65 years, taking other medicines, have other medical conditions, or are pregnant, seek advice from your healthcare professional before taking Nurofen.
  • See your doctor if your joint pain is accompanied by swelling that starts for no obvious reason, if the swelling lasts more than a few days, redness, or warmth around the joint. Also see your doctor if you are concerned about your joint pain for any reason