Joint Pain Joint pain affects millions of people who suffer from a wide variety of ailments and conditions. Chronic joint pain can be manageable, but treatment is often inadequate, and patients may continue to suffer. Indeed, medications are sometimes unsafe, making rehabilitation and physical therapy essential. Joint pain also can exact substantial financial and other costs -- high medical expenses, lost work days, and diminished quality and productivity in people’s work and personal lives. Aging populations, sedentary lifestyles, and an increasing propensity toward obesity all mean that the problem of joint pain is likely to continue unabated worldwide. IASP’s 2016 Global Year Against Pain in the Joints campaign addressed these issues and concerns in the following ways: Disseminating information on joint pain Connecting pain researchers to health-care professionals who interact with patients Increasing awareness of joint pain among government officials, the news media, the general public, and patient organizations worldwide, and Encouraging government leaders, research institutions, and other individuals and organizations to support research aimed at producing more effective and accessible treatment methods and outcomes for people with joint pain Read a message from IASP President Rolf-Detlef Treede about the Global Year Against Pain in the Joints. Resources Collected Articles from PAIN on pain in the joints Articles in PAIN Reports and issues of PAIN: Clinical Updates related to pain in the joints Moving on to Movement in Patients with Chronic Joint Pain (2016) Targeting Pain or Osteoarthritis? Implications for Optimal Management of Osteoarthritis Pain (2016) Chronic Pain After Surgery or Injury (2011) Low Back Pain (2010) Bone Cancer Pain (2009) Older People's Pain (2006) Thermomandibular Muscle and Joint Disorders (2004) View 2016 Global Year events that were held around the world Translated Fact Sheets The 2016 Fact Sheets are available in these languages: Chinese Czech Danish English French German Hungarian Italian Japanese Malay Polish Portuguese Russian Serbian Spanish Thai Turkish Urdu Fact Sheets on Joint Pain Below are 21 Fact Sheets prepared by the world's top experts on various aspects of joint pain. These documents are available in several languages and are free to download. The English-language Fact Sheets appear below: Patients and Joint Pain Assessing Joint Pain Experimentally Joint Biochemical Markers Animal Models of Osteoarthritis Pain Assessing Joint Pain Function in the Clinic Exercise, Sports, and Joint Pain Predispositions and Other Important Factors Alternative Treatment Options for Osteoarthritis Joint Pain in Pet Dogs and Cats Inflammatory Pain--Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain Joint Pain Epidemiology Neuropathic Components Osteoarthritis Pain Chronic Pain After Joint Surgery Joint Imaging Joint Neurophysiology and Pathophysiology Visualization of Joint Pain WHO Analgesic Ladder New Treatment Opportunities Joint Pain in Children Patellofemoral Joint Pain Global Year Task Force Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Prof., Dr.med., PhD Serge Perrot, MD, PhD Read Part 1 of an interview with the campaign co-chairs. Read Part 2 of this interview.