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Managing pain: A joint effort

While there may not be a cure for joint pain, there are ways you can manage it. Importantly, you don’t have to tackle it on your own. If you have concerns about joint pain, make sure you raise them with your pharmacist or doctor. They can work together with you to help ease your discomfort and improve your quality of life.

Keep reading to find out more about joint pain.

Joint pain can be soreness, pain or swelling that comes from within the joint itself or any part of the joint, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, bone and cartilage.

People who experience joint pain may feel stiffness, aches, or feelings of warmth or heat in the affected areas. Joint pain can affect people of any age – not just older adults.

The length of time that someone experiences joint pain can also vary. Pain is generally acute or comes on slowly and persists over the long term.

The good news is that there are ways you can manage your joint pain. If you experience joint pain, it’s important to speak with your pharmacist or doctor for more information.

They are best placed to help recommend certain strategies, such as lifestyle modifications, supplements, medications or a referral to another healthcare professional.

  1. Mayo Clinic. Joint Pain. Available from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/joint-pain/basics/definition/sym-20050668.
  2. Health Direct. Joint pain and swelling. Available from: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/joint-pain-and-swelling.
  3. AJP. Joint effort: Arthritis awareness and action. Available from: https://ajp.com.au/features/joint-effort-arthritis-awareness-action
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