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A joint is where two bones meet, allowing the skeleton to move. There are approximately 230 joints in the human body and these consist of three main types of joint. These are called:
  • Fixed joint - Your skull is a fixed joint
  • Slightly movable joint - This allows movement in a limited way, for example your spine
  • Synovial joint - Containing synovial fluid, it allows joints to move freely with little friction. Examples include Pivot joints (your neck), Hinge joints (elbows and knees), Ball and Socket joints (your hips), the Saddle joint (only found in the thumbs), Gliding joints (such as the ankles and wrists) and the Ellipsoidal joint (in your index finger and a few other places)

There are lots of tissues surrounding our joints which allow their overall function:

  • Cartilage This covers the ends of your bones to stop them from rubbing together
  • Tendons These attach the muscles to the bones
  • Ligaments These are thick, white bands of tissue and hold bones together at the joint
  • Muscles Muscles move our joints
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Joint Health

  • Maintaining Healthy Joints

    Maintaining Healthy Joints

    A range of supplements for maintaining healthy joints and relief of chronic joint pain, stiffness and inflammation.

  • Pain Relief

    Pain Relief

    Express Chemist stock a complete range of the leading brands in pain relief. We also stock great herbal and electric alternatives. Pain can strike at any time and in many different ways. Don't let it get in the way of your life. Check out our Alternative Pain Relief remedies.

  • Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

    Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

    Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a group of medicines that provide relief by changing the body's response to pain, swelling and high temperature. The two most common NSAIDs are aspirin and ibuprofen.

  • Joint Pain

    Joint Pain

    Treatments for Joint Pain.

Joint Conditions

  • Arthritis


    Products for the treatment and relief of symptoms of arthritis, including supplements, anti-inflammatories and pain killers, amongst others.

  • Osteoarthritis FAQs

    Osteoarthritis FAQs

    Eighty per cent of people over 75 in the UK have osteoarthritis. It is the most common type of arthritis, with over 2 million sufferers in Britain. This information page provides the answers to some of the questions you may have regarding this condition and, in turn, hopefully make life a little easier for you by outlining effective ways of reducing the effects of osteoarthritis.

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis FAQs

    Rheumatoid Arthritis FAQs

    There are 350,000 rheumatoid arthritis sufferers in the UK, making it the second most common type of arthritis (after Osteoarthritis). You will find more information on this condition in this section.

  • Strains and Sprains FAQs

    Strains and Sprains FAQs

    Strains and Sprains can be very irritating. Despite often seeming like very trivial injuries, they can sideline you for weeks and are not to be taken lightly. Proper recovery is very important unless you want to risk causing repeat injuries, or worse, permanent damage. For our advice and tips on getting back to full fitness as quick as possible, please read on.

  • Gout FAQs

    Gout FAQs

    If you are suffering from Gout and would like information on how to live with this condition and ways to ease the symptoms, then this FAQs page should provide you with a lot of answers. We outline exactly what the condition is, what the symptoms are and offer a selection of products that we think will help.