You may take aspirin for those pounding headaches and sore muscles after a weekend of gardening or swinging the clubs, but this common pain reliever can also help control osteoarthritis pain. Is it the best choice? Probably not for most people. Aspirin can cause stomach bleeding, even at low doses. You may already be taking a baby aspirin every day to lower your risk for heart attacks. If that's the case, taking aspirin to relieve joint pain could be a problem.
Finally, although aspirin has been around for many years, there's surprisingly little research on its benefits in people with osteoarthritis. If you take aspirin for joint pain, ask your doctor if it's okay.