As such, a consultation with a GP is usually necessary to discover the root cause of your aches and pains.
Our doctors can discuss your symptoms - as well as your lifestyle and medical history - and get to the bottom of what might be causing your aches and pains.
Many cases of joint pain can be cured by rest or medication, while others may require a change in your routines to prevent the problem from cropping up again.
Your doctor will likely need to ask a number of questions to determine the reason for your joint pain. For example, certain conditions are more likely to occur in people who:
Have a job that requires frequent physical exertion
Spend their working day sitting in one position
Play sport frequently
Are suffering from a repetitive strain injury
Have an unhealthy diet
Of course, you might also be suffering from aches and pains due to a one-off incident, such as a strain or sprain.
It’s important that you answer any questions honestly in order for our doctors to prescribe the best possible treatment. Where appropriate, they can write you a prescription for medication that’ll help with your condition, which you’ll be able to pick up from a pharmacy of your choice.
If your joint problem will affect your ability to carry out your job, our GPs can write you a sick note that you can give to your employer while you rest at home, or a note that confirms you’ll need to amend your responsibilities while the injury heals.