Joint pain can be caused by many types of injuries or conditions. It may be linked to arthritis, bursitis, and muscle pain. No matter what causes it, joint pain can be very bothersome.
Some things that can cause joint pain are:
- Infections caused by a virus
- Injury, such as a fracture
- Bone infection
- Joint infection
- Unusual exertion or overuse, including strains or sprains
Contact your health care provider if:
- You have fever that is not associated with flu symptoms.
- You have lost 10 pounds or more without trying (unintended weight loss).
- Your joint pain lasts for more than 3 days.
- You have severe, unexplained joint pain and swelling, particularly if you have other unexplained symptoms
Follow your doctor’s recommendation for treating the cause of the pain.
For nonarthritis joint pain, both rest and exercise are important. Warm baths, massage, and stretching exercises should be used as often as possible.
Aceteminophen (Tylenol) may help the soreness feel better. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as ibuprofen or naproxen may help relieve pain and swelling. Talk to your health care provider before giving aspirin or NSAIDs such as ibuprofen to children.