What is a joint and how does it work?
A joint is where two or more bones meet and is made up of a number of different parts that all work together so that we can bend, stretch, twist and turn easily within certain limits. Read more
Why do joints ache and hurt?
There are several possible causes of joint pain, including wear or damage to the cartilage and inflammation in the joints or the structures around them. Read more
Why do joints become damaged?
If you have arthritis, the bones and cartilage may be damaged and the muscles may weaken. This can cause the joint to become unstable or slip out of shape, causing deformity. Read more
Protecting your joints
Joint protection doesn’t mean you should stop using your joints, just that you should use them differently, for example by avoiding positions that push your joints towards deformity. Read more
How do I start to use joint protection techniques?
Starting to use joint protection techniques can mean changing the habits of a lifetime. It’s a good idea to change things bit by bit – start with something that’s causing you most pain. Read more
If you have arthritis, you may feel tired, which can make your joints and muscles ache more. Pacing yourself, planning and organising yourself, and getting a good night's sleep can all help. Read more
Keeping fit and healthy
Keeping fit and healthy is an important part of looking after your joints. You can do this by exercising, eating a balanced diet and taking care of your body. Read more
Who else can help me to look after my joints?
Many different people can support you in looking after your joints, including occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and your family and friends and your employer. Read more