Joints are connections where two bones meet to provide support and mobility. Any damage to the joint and its surrounding tissues, due to disease or injury can interfere with movement and cause pain. Joint pain can be mild or debilitating, and can be either long term (chronic) or short term (acute) pain. Severe pain may cause swelling in the joints which may affect your quality of life. The most common joint pain is knee, shoulder and hip pain.
Joint pain may be caused due to various conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, strains, gout, bursitis, sprains and other injuries. Pain is also a feature of joint inflammation, infection or tumors in the joint.
Moderate to severe pain can be treated with pain medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID's), muscle relaxants and antiepileptic drugs. Your doctor may also suggest PRICE protocol (Protect, Rest, Ice application, Compression and Elevation), steroid injection at the region of pain and physical therapy to relieve joint pain.