Living With Joint Pain
Ways to find relief from chronic joint pain
Joint Pain Is Surprisingly Common
Arthritis Pain Relief
Percent of Men Taking A Prescription Medication for Joint Pain Relief
Percent of Americans With Joint Pain
Millions of Americans With Arthritis
Percent of Women Taking a Prescription for Joint Pain Relief
Percent of Arthritis Sufferers Under Age 65
Thousands of American Children With Arthritis
Five Common Symptoms Accompanying Joint Pain
inflamation – a generalized hot feeling in the affected area
swelling – enlargement of the affected area and sometimes the surrounding tissue
redness – a red discoloration of the affected area
muscle cramps – tightness in the muscles around the affected joint
Common Joint Pain Locations
Joint Pain Causes You Haven't Considered
Most often, joint pain is associated with arthritis. While arthritis can be a common cause, it is helpful to know which of the many kinds of arthritis are to blame. Arthritis is actually a complex family of musculoskeletal disorders consisting of more than 100 different diseases or conditions that can affect people of all ages, races and genders. Types of arthritis include Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Juvenile Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Psoriatic Arthritis, Gout and Sjögren’s Syndrome among others.
There are also a number of other potential causes. Although not exhaustive, this list represents conditions most commonly associated with joint pain. Consult your physician to be certain of the cause of your joint pain and to find the best joint pain relief.
- Broken bone
- Sprains and strains
Joint Pain Relief
Popular Over-The-Counter (OTC) Medications for Joint Pain Treatment
There are a number of first-line treatment options for someone experiencing mild or episodic joint pain. Your local pharmacy or grocery store will have a number of options available. Be mindful of any drug interactions with prescriptions you are already taking. If in doubt, consult a pharmacist. Aspirin – Although extended use can cause stomach problems, including bleeding, aspirin is an effective analgesic. Ibuprofen – sold under the commercial names of Advil and Motrin, ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anagesic that reduces inflamation. Naproxen Sodium – sold under the commercial name Aleve, naproxen sodium is also a non-steroidal anti-inflamatory drug (NSAID) that is a preferred choice for patients who have cardiovascular risk factors.
Common Prescription Medications Used To Treat Joint Pain
COX-2 Inhibitors (Celebrex) – this class of NSAIDs has been almost eliminated from use due to increased risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke. Opioids – includes drugs such as morphine and oxycontin. Limited in use because of addictive properties. Anti-Depressants – due to the chronic nature of joint pain and associated illnesses, depression can be a concern. A number of depression medications can be used and have also shown success in reducing depression associated pain.
Surgical Solutions To Joint Pain
Joint Replacement – involves the removal of the damaged joint and replacement with a mechanical joint, often made of stainless steel. Recovery can take six to eight weeks or more depending upon the affected joint and any complications suffered during or after surgery. Fluid Removal – via hypodermic needle, fluid removal can help to relieve pressure in joints. Steriodal Injections – commonly performed in a physician’s office, these injections can provide short-term relief through reduction in swelling and inflamation.
Natural Joint Pain Relief
Joint Pain Supplements To Include In Your Treatment Regimen
Individuals are often in search of natural joint pain remedies to provide relief while avoiding side-effects. The following joint pain supplements have been scientifically proven to provide relief equal to or better than some OTC and prescription medications. Condroitin – a naturally occurring substance in connective tissues in people and animals, condroitin is recommended as a treatment for osteoarthritis. Glucosamine – often given in concert with condroitin, glucosamine has shown more signficant promise as a joint relief supplement. Taken as glucosamine sulfate, this supplement is thought to help repair joint damage brought on by arthritis. Turmeric – a spice commonly used in Indian cuisine and the pigment that gives mustard its characteristic yellow color, turmeric has an active ingredient called curcumin that has anti-inflammatory properties. SAM-e – a synthetic form of a naturally occurring chemical in the body, SAM-e has been shown to be at least as effective as NSAID-type medications, without the related side effects and with more prolonged benefits. Additionally taking vitamins B12, B6, and folate.
Effective Topicals In Providing Joint Pain Relief
Heat/Cold Therapy – the use of alternating heat and cold on the affected area has the joint effect of reducing swelling and de-sensitizing the pain receptors, thereby reducing the pain. A recommended regimen is alternating the application of heat (a microwave rice pack, hot water bottle, or electric blanket) and cold (ice pack or ice cubes) every five minutes for 30 minutes, three times a day. Capsasin – the active component in chili pepers, capsasin has an analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect. It is used in topical creams to provide a warming sensation as described above. Arnica Oil – with properties similar to Capsasin, Arnica delivers heat to the affected area.
How Exercise Can Provide Relief From Joint Pain
Exercise may seem unrealistic when coping with joint pain, but as contradictory as it may sound, exercise provides a host of benefits to those suffering from joint pain. Exercise improves circulation in the affected area, which can reduce the swelling associated with some joint pain by washing out toxins. Additionally, endorphins are released through exercise and have been proven to blunt the pain response. Finally, if you are overweight, exercise is a great way to reduce your weight. Reducing your weight decreases the amount of stress on weight-bearing joints, allowing them to heal more effectively. The following exercises are particularly good for those suffering from joint pain because they are low-impact. Always check with your doctor before staring an exercise regimen and ask which exercise might be right for your condition.
Weight Bearing Exercises
Nutrition Changes You Can Make To Improve Joint Flexibility and Decrease Joint Pain
The following foods are part of the Anti-Inflammatory Diet and have been identified to have an anti-inflamatory effect, possibly reducing inflammation in the joints:
Dark Leafy Greens
Low Fat Dairy
Ginger & Turmeric
Garlic & Onions
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