Joint pain.

Un­der­stand­ing your symp­toms and how to treat it.

The Guardian - Weekend - - Body & Mind The balance - †

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

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