What's causing your joint pain?

Joint pain can be caused by many different injuries or conditions. These include:

  • Overuse, stress or direct trauma to the joint (e.g. repeated kneeling)
  • Infection and inflammation
  • Ageing
  • Sprains of a ligament (e.g. sports injuries)
  • Underlying condition (e.g. osteoarthritis)

Top tips for joint pain relief

When your joints are aching, here are some tips that might bring you relief:

  • Self-care: avoid moving your joint in ways that worsen the pain. If your joint pain is due to injury, applying ice may help reduce inflammation. However, for joint pain caused by osteoarthritis, using a heat pack may give you relief.
  • Weight loss: try to maintain a healthy weight to reduce stress on your joints.
  • Stay active: regular, appropriate exercise, as well as stretching and strengthening exercises can help with joint pain caused by conditions like osteoarthritis. Speak to your physiotherapist or doctor if you’re unsure what exercises you should do.
  • Relieve the pain: taking a pain reliever like Nurofen can provide temporary relief from joint pain and inflammation. You can also try a medicated dermal patch like Nurofen Duralast, which is applied to the skin to provide targeted relief.

If you’re over 65 years, taking other medicines, have other medical conditions, or are pregnant, seek advice from your healthcare professional before taking Nurofen.

When to see your doctor

See your doctor if you develop sudden pain or swelling in the joint, if you’re unable to use the joint, or if your joint pain or swelling have not eased within two days.* Also see your doctor if you are concerned about your joint pain for any reason.