Understanding your symptoms and how to treat it.
Whether you’re experiencing injury related joint pain or are living with arthritis, LloydsPharmacy is here to help you find ways to feel better and move more freely.
What is it?
Joint pain can occur from a one off injury, but most commonly joint pain is experienced by people living with arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common, and it happens when protective cartilage between the bones in the joints breaks down. This causes the bones to rub directly onto each other causing pain and stiffness in the joints. The most commonly affected joints are the knees, spine, hands and hip. Rheumatoid arthritis on the other hand is a fault in the immune system, which causes the body to attack the joints causing pain and swelling. Flare ups are common in the hands and feet and individuals often experience extreme fatigue alongside the pain.
What are the triggers?
Joint pain can be caused by an injury such as a strain or sprain. Injuries can be caused by poor balance or posture or exercising rigorously. It is important to get enough sleep so your body has the chance to repair itself and heal. Many people find their joints hurt more in cold, wet weather, so try to keep well wrapped up when the temperature drops. The most likely cause of joint pain in the winter is due to lack of movement in our joints as the cold weather can keep us indoors. Rheumatoid arthritis is more common in women and it is thought to be due to the effects of the hormone oestrogen†. Smoking can also worsen rheumatoid arthritis, so it’s best to try and quit or cut down. Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear that comes naturally with old age. However, we have some advice to help you look after your joints.
About 10 million people in the UK have arthritis NHS Choices