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How to Relieve Joint Pain – Medication and Natural Approach

Joints are the tissues that connect bones and help support movements throughout the body and support your weight. Your joints are designed to cope and endure an incredible amount of stress you place on them.

Joint pain can be caused by injury or disease affecting any of the ligaments or tendons surrounding the joints. The root cause of joint pain is inflammation. Joint nerves become more sensitive to movements when your body is inflamed. Cigarette smoking is a practice that is proven promotes inflammation and dehydration in the body.

Joint pain is also referred to as Arthralgia. Arthralgia can be aggravated by motion, pressure, or weight –bearing resistance with activity. Joint pain can be associated with signs and symptoms such as joint stiffness, local warmth, tenderness, and swelling.

As you get older, the collagen that builds cartilage in your joints start to deteriorate and aches and pain are more likely to occur. Joint pain may also become worse if another condition starts weakening the muscles or causing bone pain.

Joint pain are most likely occur in any areas involved in repetitive movements or that take the brunt of body’s weight such as neck, shoulders, low back, hips, knees, and ankles. Knee pain is extremely common to adults and painful joints increases as you get older. Arthritis can also cause joint pain, but it is important to remember that joint pain often differs from person to person.

Acute joint pain due to injury may go away after a few days while a chronic joint pain lasts for a month. Whatever type of joint pain it is, the pain and swelling in the joint can affect your quality of life. Usually, you can manage it with medications and other alternative treatments.

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Different conditions of joint pain

Osteoarthritis – the most common type of arthritis, gets worse with age and is caused by wear and tear over the years.

Rheumatoid Arthritis – also known and classified as autoimmune disease. This is caused by the immune system attacking the joints as if they were foreign tissues.

Osteoporosis – when bones becomes less dense and more likely to fracture. The condition can contribute to severe back pain.

Bursitis – caused by an injury from repetitive movement.

Gout – a disease in which defective metabolism of uric acid causes arthritis, especially in the smaller bones of the feet.

Sprains – wrench or twist the ligaments of joints violently (not dislocation) to cause pain and swelling.

Injuries – Damaging your joints and surrounding tissues can naturally lead to pain, swelling and discomfort.

You need to find out the condition that is causing your joint pain then take some necessary treatment. Some medication causes side effects. Joint pain traditionally treat with anti-inflammatory medications and pain killers but the natural approach to pain relief is becoming more popular. There are a number of things you can do to temporarily alleviate the pain, as well as prevention.

A number of natural remedies have been shown to help relieve symptoms of joint pain including stiffness, reduced range of motion and difficulty in walking. Treatment for joint pain depend on how severe the symptom become.

Medication

Medications to reduce pain can improve the quality of life but need to be use carefully and usually as they can cause side effects for some.

Aspirin

Ibuprofen

Naproxen

An over-the-counter non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug prescription can provide relief for moderate to severe joint pain with swelling. These can have side effects, potentially increasing your risk of gastrointestinal bleeding. You should take any of these pain medications with caution.
Acetaminophen This can be effective if you have milder pain without any swelling. Be careful when taking this medicine though because high dosage may cause liver damage.
Opioid Your Doctor may prescribe this if your joint pain is so severe as the steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are not effective enough. This drug can cause drowsiness and constipation so you should use them under Doctor’s advice.
Glucosamine

Chondroitin

It can help joint pain and improve function. These substance helps cushion the bones and protects joints. These are safe to try because they don’t have any significant effects.
Others Some antidepressants and antiepileptic drugs.

Muscle relaxants to treat muscle spasms and may use together with non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to increase the effect.

Exercise

Inactivity can cause joint pain. Exercise has more benefits than just weight loss. Exercise along with proper diet are the effective way to lose weight but find the low-impact exercises that allow your joints without putting pressure on them. Find the activity that you enjoy the most, any kind of low-impact movement you enjoy will be beneficial to your joints.

Get enough movements and exercise. Regular exercise can help strengthen and stretch the affected joints and muscles, improving circulation and reduce pain. The stronger your joints and muscles become, the better chance to stay active without dealing with pain. Regular exercise helps prevent weight gain that can add pressure to sore joints.

Sometimes joint pain can be relieved by minor exercise and stretching. Exercise can increase the strength and flexibility of your joints, thus preventing potential joint pain. You can start small and work on increasing flexibility and strength in weak areas.

Lose Weight

Weight loss can help reduce stress on the joints. Maintain a healthy weight. Your weight can make a big impact on the amount of pain you experience. Overweight can give some pressure on your painful joints, lose weight to relieve your joint pain and prevent future damage to your joints.

Massage

Schedule massage appointment or consult regularly to a physical therapist. A massage is an excellent way to relieve joint pain. You can do it on your own and also ask on how to learn self-massage. Regular massaging of joints can help reduce pain and stiffness.

If you are doing self-massage, try massaging affected area with a topical menthol rub to help ease the pain. Always remember when massaging your body, the direction of your strokes should always be towards the heart.

Warm and Cold

Warm and cold treatments are best for relieving joint pain, Swelling and inflammation. The ice pack or ice in a towel (to avoid ice burn) can apply to painful joint for quick relief. Cold temperatures reduce blood flow, and therefore reduce tissue swelling.

Also, a warm blanket especially in the morning help ease stiffness in joints. A nice warm bath can do wonders for alleviating joint pain. Immerse the affected area in the water and massage it in order to stimulate blood flow. Just keep in mind that these treatments are only temporary and are not sustainable.

Acupuncture

In an ancient Chinese medical practice, Acupuncture treatment involves inserting thin needles into specific points on your body to reroute energies and restore balance in the body. This treatment also used in more than 100 different conditions.

There are believed that acupuncture has the ability to reduce several joint pain and is recommended by World Health Organization. Be sure to find a licensed acupuncturist if you want a try of this treatment method.

Herbal and Dietary Supplements

Include the right fatty acids like omega-3 for optimum health. Fish oil supplements are a high content of omega-3 that reduce joint pain and stiffness. Another fatty acid that can help is gammalinolenic acid (GLA), found in the seeds of certain plants such as black currants, hemp, evening primrose, and borage.

Curcumin, is a powerful substance found in Turmeric, the yellow spice commonly found in India and its anti-inflammatory properties helps reduce joint pain with no negative side effects. It has been proven to be so potent and experts are recommending it as a possible alternative to non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s). Beginning an anti-inflammatory diet can very quickly reduce your discomfort.

Enzymes are helpful for digesting the protein your body needs to repair damage tissue. Certain enzymes like bromelain can naturally reduce inflammation and have been shown to relieve swelling and pain and increase joint function in adults with moderate-to-severe joint pain.

Vitamin D and Vitamin K2 will also help you absorb enough calcium which is essential for building strong bones. Vitamin D deficiency is the risk factor for osteoarthritis and has been shown that vitamin D reduce pain and stiffness in those with knee osteoarthritis symptoms.

Gelatin and Collagen has been used by bodybuilders to help improve joint health, diminish pain, and reduce inflammation and scientific studies support this claim. At the older age, the collagen that builds cartilage in your joints starts to deplete. More than half of your body’s collagen has been depleted making more aches and pain.

Gelatin and Collagen are both packed with amino acids which provides tons of health benefits. Gelatin is simply the cooked version of collagen and can be used in recipes to replace eggs. Collagen is the building blocks of proteins that helps build joints and keeps connected tissue strong. Collagen has the essential roles for both physical and mental health.

Collagen has many benefits like supporting healthy muscles growth. Collagen has been found in foods that are very high in protein such as chicken, beef, fish and egg. Collagen can also be found in supplement form like collagen protein powders or obtain naturally from consuming real bone broth.

Also, some of the herbal supplements that claim to be able to reduce joint pain such as GinkgoDevil’s claw, Stinging nettle, and Boswellia.

Exams and Tests

If you are suffering joint pain, schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible in order to properly assess and alleviate your joint pain. Further testing might be necessary after an examination. MRI scanning can be helpful if the problem requires further definition. The results of tests are reviewed and the effects of medication should be monitored.

The Doctors or health care professionals will take the history of your symptoms leading up to and associated with your joint pain. Discuss with the doctors any activities that you were doing when your joint pain symptoms began as well as the aggravating and relieving conditions that affect the degree of your pain.

 

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