Joint Pain Help

Joint pains come in various forms, have a long list of causes, and can occur to almost anyone of any gender and age. Most of the time, joint problems are experienced by individuals who are in their middle to late stages in life, usually those at the ages of 40 and above. Despite the occurrence of these problems, some people still work to manage their disease because they are career people, breadwinners, and parents who need to provide for their families. That is why those who have joint pain problems seek help and treatment for their medical affliction.

The most common form of joint pain is arthritis, which are synonymous because arthritis is any condition which is characterized by joint inflammation. Arthralgia, on the other hand, is also a form of joint pain which is caused by other reasons than inflammation. Whichever variety it may be, joint pain is still a very undesirable condition that causes great pain and discomfort to a person, not to mention immobility and difficulty in moving or participating in vigorous activities.

There are various solutions for joint pains, and many of them are very easy to find and easy to do. Aside from medications and topical solutions, there are also lifestyle alterations and diet changes that should be done in order to better manage the problem of joint pains.

Over the counter medications are the most usual and easiest solutions that anyone can think of when it comes to any kind of pain. NSAIDs which are analgesics and anti-inflammatory agents can be bought in most drugstores. The best NSAIDs for joint pains are ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, ketoprofen, and aspirin or salicylic acid. Most of these drugs are used for short-term treatment only because they have many side effects which can be dangerous to the health.

Topical solutions are also good for relieving joint pains. Most of them are in the form of creams and ointments. Some of the most common ingredient used in these creams is capsaicin, salicylic acid, menthol, camphor, and eucalyptus. Capsaicin is an effective inhibitor of substance P found in the nerves, which is the substance that transmits pain signals to the brain. Without substance P, there will be no pain felt by the body on the area where the capsaicin cream is applied. Salicylic acid is also the active ingredient in aspirin, but it comes in a cream form. However, even as a cream, salicylic acid can still penetrate the skin and enter the bloodstream, resulting to the same side effects brought about by aspirin. Menthol, eucalyptus, and camphor are some natural substances that come from plant extracts and are used as active ingredients in various pain-relieving creams. They have anti-inflammatory properties and natural cooling effects that can eliminate the pain in the joint.

Lifestyle and diet changes should also be done to optimize the treatment of joint pains. Without these, the pain in the joints may recur again and again, and there would be no end to it. One method that should be done to eliminate joint pains is by resting the affected joint. Exercise it regularly but don’t stress it as this worsens the pain. Apply alternating warm and cold compress is effective in relieving the pain and can be done daily in order to make a routine that will eventually help cure the cause of the pain itself.

The diet should be observed closely. Cherries are good anti-inflammatory fruits that can really help relieve joint pains, and you can eat 20-25 cherries daily until you feel like you no longer suffer from the pain. Maintaining at least 10 cherries a day will help prevent the recurrence of the joint problems.

Other solutions may be directed by doctors like prescription medication and surgeries, but if you work hard to eliminate the problem in the early stages, you wouldn’t have to go that far. Always be cautious about your health and act on any medical problem as early as you can to prevent any complications that may arise from these problems.