Joint pain

Fast facts about joint pain

  • Joint pain can arise from bone, tendons, ligaments, muscles or cartilage27
  • Joint pain is rarely an emergency, unless caused by an injury and accompanied by deformity, inability to use the joint, intense pain and sudden swelling27
  • Joint pain can vary from mild to severe27
  • Most cases of mild joint pain can be managed at home27
  • Over-the-counter analgesics that contain a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, such as ibuprofen or diclofenac, can relieve mild joint pain27

Joint pain or inflammation can arise from any part of the joint, including bone, tendons, ligaments, muscles or cartilage.27 Inflammation of the joint is referred to as arthritis.27 Joint pain can be mild, causing pain after activities, or severe, making any movement or weight bearing extremely painful.27


Self-treatment

You can bring temporary relief from your pain at home:

  • Applying an ice pack can help relieve the inflammation and pain27
  • A heating pad or a warm bath can help for muscle spasms around joints27
  • Minimise movement that cause or worsen pain27

Would an analgesic be of value?

Yes, over-the-counter analgesics that contain a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, such as ibuprofen, can relieve mild joint pain.27


When to contact a doctor

You should consult with doctor if joint pain is accompanied by:

  • Redness27
  • Swelling27
  • Tenderness and warmth around the joint27

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