Joint pain (also known as ‘rheumatic pain’) affects a lot of people at some point in their lives. However, it is more common among older people. The body is made up of hundreds of joints that provide support and help you move about easily. But any of these joints can be injured or get damaged by an illness or infection. When this happens, the joint may get eroded and cause moderate to severe pains that affect mobility and restrict normal movement.
One may suffer pain in a single joint, or in multiple joints at once. While any joint in the body is vulnerable to pain, the most common one is the knee pain.
What's causing your joint pain?
Like mentioned earlier, joint pain may be caused by injuries or underlying medical conditions. Examples of joint pain include:
- Overuse, stress or direct trauma to the joint (e.g. through repeated kneeling)
- Fractures that have not healed properly
- Tendonitis (the inflammation and/or irritation of a tendon) attached to a joint
- Ligament sprain and/or strain (e.g. in sports injuries)
- An underlying disease (e.g. osteoarthritis or gout)
Please see a doctor regarding your joint pain, especially if it does not go away over time and becomes severe. They can advise you on the treatment you require.
Tips to help relieve joint pain
Follow these tips to relieve your joint pain:
- Self-care:Keep the joint as still as you can and avoid unnecessary movement.
- Keep healthy:Eat nutritious meals to keep your weight in check so that your joints are not stressed out further.
- Get regular exercise:Regular, doctor-recommended exercise and daily stretching relieves the joint pain. Get your doctor or physiotherapist to prescribe appropriate exercises for you.
- See a doctor: If your joint pain is the result of an injury, or if the pain is intense, or if there is sudden swelling, or if you are unable to move the joint at all.