Joint pain is something that a lot of people don’t think much about until it creeps up on them, so in a bid to help inform people and hopefully even help prevent it in some cases, we’re taking a closer look at its causes and cures.
Joints are the connections between our bones, they provide us with support and also help us move. Therefore if our joints become damaged, whether from injury or a particular disease then this is going to interfere with our movement and can also cause considerable amounts of pain.
There are a large number of conditions that can lead to painful joints and often joint pain can be an early indication of a lot of these too. We are all aware of arthritis, but others issues include osteoarthritis, bursitis, gout, strains and other physical injuries. It is actually surprising how common joint pain is, with a recent study finding that one-third of adults reported having joint pain within the last 30 days! Of all of the forms of joint pain, knee pain was reported as the most common, with shoulder and hip pain following it.
Joint pain can effect any part of the body and can range from mildly irritating to extremely painful. There is the potential to get acute joint pain that can last a few weeks or even chronic, which can see people suffering for even longer.
Fortunately there are treatments to joint pain because even a relatively small amount of joint pain can affect your quality of life, which is especially the case with the elderly. Treatment seeks to reduce the inflammation around the joints and therefore reduce the pain, whilst trying to preserve the joint function.
Here are some of the most common treatments that joint pain sufferers can expect to come across:
There are a lot of pharmacy remedies but for those suffering from moderate-to-sever joint pain, an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drug is often prescribed, usually along the lines of aspirin or ibuprofen. For those who are only suffering form milder pain without as much swelling then acetaminophen is an effective option to help reduce the discomfort. But taking these medications require you to be careful as drinking alcohol whilst taking them can result in liver damage.
For those who are really struggling with the pain then an even stronger medicine such as Cox-2 can be prescribed to you if your doctor sees it necessary. This is an opioid drug that can really help to kill the pain but can cause drowsiness and constipation.
There are of course more natural treatments that people report to be helpful in battling joint pain. Capsaicin – generally found in chili peppers – is believed to relieve joint pain from arthritis and similar conditions. The way it does this is by helping block substance P, which transmits pain signals. It also triggers the release of endorphins and can either be applied topically or ingested to get its benefits.