Joint pain can keep you from exercising, feeling good and performing everyday activities.

It may be triggered by factors including illness, exercise or overuse injury.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers general guidelines for how to combat joint pain: Always follow your doctor’s treatment plan. When possible, give your joints a rest. Gentle stretching exercises also may help ease joint pain. Take a warm bath, or get a massage. Take an anti-inflammatory drug, but be sure to discuss it with your doctor first, especially if the person with joint pain is a child.

The Washington Post (via HealthDay News), Washington, D.C., Dec.17, 2008