A physician may diagnose joint pain by considering a patient’s medical history, risk factors and lifestyle, by conducting a physical examination, and blood and imaging tests. Some questions a doctor may ask a patient include: Did this pain begin suddenly and severely, or slowly and mildly?; Have you injured your joint?; Is the pain constant or does it come and go?; Is there any numbness?; What makes the stiffness better?; What other symptoms do you have?; What started the pain and how often have you had it? and Which joint hurts? Physical therapy may help relieve the pain.