Managing Joint Pain

Have you ever experienced discomfort, ache or soreness in your:

  • Wrists
  • Hands
  • Hips
  • Knees

If the answer is yes to one or more of the above options, most likely you had joint pain before. Joints are the parts of your body where your bones meet. Joints allow the bones of your skeleton to move which include shoulders, hips, elbows and knees.

Main cause

Joint pain is usually caused by arthritis. There are two types of arthritis, Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Osteoarthritis causes a breakdown of the cartilage that act as a cushion for the joints. This will weaken the joints gradually over time. Rheumatoid Arthritis on the other hand, will cause pain, inflammation and fluid build-up in the joints. This is a result of the body’s immune system attacking the membrane that lines the joints.

Other causes

There are other possible causes for joint pain such as:

  • an injury
  • an infection of the bone or joint
  • overuse of a joint
  • cancer
  • osteoporosis


Please seek immediate medical attention if:

  • the area around the joint is swollen, red, tender, or warm to the touch
  • the pain has persisted for three days or more
  • the joint appears deformed
  • swelling of the joint occurs suddenly
  • the joint is completely immobile
  • you have severe joint pain.


It is important to maintain good joint health as it affects our mobility and daily activites. You may want to consider the following recommendations:

  • Include pepper and turmeric in your diet. Pepper contains phytochemical capsaicin that can temporarily reduce the action of pain transmitter in the body while turmeric can reduce inflammation in the body.
  • Taking dietary supplement. Glucosamine is a natural compound found in our body that helps to develop and maintain joint function in our body. Some research studies have suggested that taking glucosamine supplements will help to protect joints from damage.
  • Keep body weight within healthy range to reduce additional stress on the joints.


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