The health of your joints is necessary for almost every activity. A normal, healthy joint should move easily and with no pain and you should be able to do everything without feeling pain in your joints.
However, if you feel pain in one or more joints it can be a problem and it can stop you from living the way you want to. Joint pain is something that shouldn’t be ignored because it can cause serious damage if it’s not treated properly and on time.
This is currently the number one problem that disables people from all over the world. It can strike people from all the ages, although it’s most common in middle-aged or older people. The causes for joint pain can be different, but the number one cause is arthritis.
There is more than one form of arthritis that can cause joint pain. No matter what the cause is, the pain that people feel in their joints has been described as varying from very low to extremely high pain. The pain can be aching, stiffness, swelled joints, burning and so on.
The one thing that people who suffer from joint pain need and want is a relief. Depending on what is the cause of joint pain, the journey towards relief can be approached differently. Before treating your joints, you should be diagnosed with a condition that caused the pain. First thing you need to be told is whether the pain is acute (short termed) or chronic (long termed pain, usually more than 3 months).
For example,if the joint pain you have is acute (meaning: short-termed), it is probably caused by some kind of injury. In that case, the best thing you can do is rest your joints and put something cold on the injury, as well as maybe some anti-inflammatory medicines.
On the other hand, if you suffer from chronic joint pain, there are several treatments available in order to accomplish relief. In most cases, chronic joint pain is caused by some form of arthritis. There are 3 things that can be done to improve this condition: changing your lifestyle, medications and if these two don’t help – surgery.
1. Changing Your Lifestyle
– Lose some weight. If you are obese or overweight, your joints suffer too. Remember that they have to carry all that pounds. That’s why you should shed some pounds and make things easier for your joints.
– Move and exercise. Exercising can really be a challenge, especially if you suffer from chronic joint pain. Still, try to do exercises at least twice a week. It will be hard, but it will improve your condition. Moving your joints will prevent stiffness and will strengthen the muscles around the joint and by that prevent joints to rub against each other.
– Notice the pain triggers. For example, try to notice if some particular activity triggers joint pain. Then, try to avoid that activity or do something else instead.
– Body posture. Watch out how you sit, how you walk and how you lift things or bend down. Sit straight, walk straight and try not to lift heavy things with just one joint.
If the previous self-care tricks don’t work, you’ll have to take some medications to help you lessen the pain and prevent further damage. Medications for painful joint treatments are usually medications for arthritis (which is probably the case if you suffer from chronic joint pains). Most common medicines for people with joint pains are:
– Non-steroidal and anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs). These medications will decrease the pain as well as the swelling in the joints.
– COX-2 inhibitors. These are a new generation of anti-inflammatory medications and will also help you by removing the pain.
– Muscle relaxants. Will help your muscles relax and reduce muscle spasms.
– Antidepressants. These medications may be prescribed because they block pain signals.
! No matter what is the cause of your joint pain is, always consult a doctor first before taking any medications. Not all of these medications are compatible with every joint pain and they depend on the condition as well as the person individually.
3. Surgery and Injections
This option is for people with severe arthritic conditions. It is most common in the older people. The injection can be a greasing and lubricating of the joint. Fluid is injected directly in the joint. However, this is only a temporary solution. Depending of your condition, your doctor can decide for an operation. There are many kinds of more simple operations as well as operations such as total joint replacement.