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Find out about acute joint pain

Joint pain can affect many different areas of the body including the knees, ankles, hips and shoulders, as well as fingers and wrists. Here we look at its causes and how to ease joint pain.

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Symptoms of joint pain

Types of joints often affected by pain are the fingers, knees, hips, ankles, and shoulder joints.

There may be a build-up of fluid in joints due to inflammation, which can cause swelling.

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Symptoms may also include numbness, tingling, stiffness, and a reduced range of motion.

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How joint pain can affect you

Joint pain can affect you in many ways, depending on where it is felt. Knee pain can make activities like walking, playing sports and dancing uncomfortable. If pain is in your shoulder, you may feel discomfort when you lift things, while hip pain can make going upstairs or simply getting up from a chair painful.

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Did you know?

48% of people with body pain say they have joint pain.*

Four in ten Canadians say they do not feel attractive when they are in pain (42%)**

*GSK Global Pain Index Research 2014
**GSK Global Pain Index Research 2017 – Canada  full report p. 6

Why do we experience joint pain?

As part of everyday movement, joints are constantly dealing with pressure and damage. The knee joint is particularly vulnerable because it absorbs the full weight of the body and any extra force when running or jumping.

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Who is more likely to experience joint pain?

People are more likely to experience knee pain as they do lots of sports have a higher risk of damaging their knees.

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Common causes of joint pain

Joint pain usually occurs because of an injury (e.g. twisting a knee or ankle joint during sports).

Expert treatment

If joint pain is accompanied by swelling, redness, tenderness and warmth around the joint, it is recommended that you visit a doctor, who may recommend light exercise or order one or more tests, such as an X-ray, or blood test to help determine the source of the pain and the most appropriate treatment. Your doctor may recommend anti-inflammatory medication to reduce the inflammation and alleviate the pain.

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