Sports injuries are a common cause of joint pain in the elbow, knee, shoulder and ankle joints. View our animation of common sports injuries
The joints most commonly affected by osteoarthritis are the knees, hips, and finger joints. Read more about osteoarthritis and joints.
Rheumatoid arthritis is usually symmetrical, affecting the joints on both sides of the body at once. View the joints affected in RA.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome which has burning and aching in the joints as one of the symptoms. The cause is unknown. Find out more about fibromyalgia.
Gout is a condition that occurs when there are raised levels of uric acid in the blood. The uric acid crystallises out into the joints, causing pain, redness and heat. The joint most commonly affected is the big toe, but the instep, ankle, knee, wrist, elbow and fingers can be affected. More about gout.
Bursitis is inflammation of the small fluid-filled sacs that cushion joints. One of the most common areas for bursitis is the shoulder joint, but it can affect the elbow, knee and other joints. Overuse injuries can cause bursitis. Find out more about bursitis.
Septic arthritis is an infection (usually bacterial) in a joint. This usually happens because of an injury or from surgery. The most common organisms causing such infection are Staphylococcus and Streptococcus, and the joints most commonly affected are the knee and the hip. Pain usually comes on suddenly in one joint.
The scientific evidence may be lacking, but some people swear by an association between the weather and their joint pain. Read this Arthritis and the weather to find out more.
Last Reviewed: 23 March 2012