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Bothered by joint pain? In this 1st of 3pts, we look at causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

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Joint pain Part 1



Causes include arthritis, injuries, and infections. Other causes include injuries, such as sprains, strains, or fractures, Infections affecting the joints, like septic arthritis, can lead to inflammation and discomfort. Osteoporosis, can contribute to joint pain by affecting bone density.



Symptoms include pain, swelling, tenderness, and stiffness in the affected joint. Individuals may experience a reduced range of motion. In some cases, joint pain may be accompanied by redness and warmth around the affected area. Persistent joint pain for more than a few weeks should seek medical advice for treatment options.


Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosing the cause of joint pain involves a thorough medical history, physical examination, and often, imaging tests like X-rays or MRIs. Blood tests may be conducted to identify markers of inflammation or specific autoimmune conditions.


Non-pharmacological approaches include lifestyle modifications, physiotherapy, and the use of assistive devices. Medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, corticosteroids, and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) may be prescribed depending on the diagnosis.


In some cases, surgical interventions, such as joint replacement surgery, may be considered when conservative measures are insufficient. However, surgery is typically reserved for severe cases or when joint damage is extensive and pain is constant.


 1st Contact Physio

 1st Contact Physio with Chartered Physiotherapist, Kevin D’Arcy. MISCP. Located in the private consultation suite, upstairs at Whelehans Pharmacy, 38 Pearse St, Mullingar


1st Contact Physio services include sports injuries, spinal injuries, back pain management, neck, and shoulder pain, post operative physiotherapy, sports rehabilitation, orthotics, and sports massage. Physiotherapy is €60 for initial session and €50 for follow up sessions, Kevin offers reduced physiotherapy rates for Medical Card holders, children, and sports clubs. Book your appointment on the Whelehans website or Call Kevin on 0873813473 or Email


To be continued….next week.


For comprehensive and free health advice and information call in to Whelehans Pharmacies, log on to or dial 04493 34591 (Pearse St) or 04493 10266 (Clonmore).

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