20 Nov Arthritis Pain Relief
Arthritis means inflammation of a joint or joints, which is characterized by painful and degenerative change leading to stiffness and pain. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and it represents an age-related degenerative change caused by wear and tear over the years. Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, is caused by body’s own immune system attacking the joints.
Arthritis is typically treated with anti-inflammatory medications and painkillers. However, there are other approaches to be considered.
Weight loss & Exercise
Extra weight from obesity puts more pressure on your weight-bearing joints (knees, hips, and feet). Losing weight reduces the stress on these joints by losing weight and improves mobility, decreases pain, and limits damage to the joints. Regular exercise helps lose weight but there are more benefits to exercise than just weight loss. It helps to maintain flexibility in your joints. Low-impact exercises, such as water aerobics or swimming to flex your joints without adding further stress.
Hot and cold therapy
Simple hot and cold treatments can be very effective. Warm showers in the morning can help ease stiffness in your joints. Similarly, using a heating pad at night to keep your joints loose. Cold treatments are best for relieving joint pain, swelling, and inflammation such as applying a gel ice pack on painful joints for quick relief.
Acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into specific points on your body. It is said to be effective in reducing arthritis pain. Always find a licensed and certified acupuncturist in your state.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids, which fish oil is rich in, are said to be effective in reducing joint pain and stiffness. Although more recent research is a bit conflicting. Gamma-linolenic acid is found in the seeds of evening primrose, borage, hemp, and black currants, and is thought to be useful in this regard as well.
Turmeric is a common spice of an Indian origin and contains a chemical called curcumin. It is said to have anti-inflammatory properties and may help to reduce arthritis pain.
Regular massaging of arthritic joints can help reduce pain and stiffness. It may also improve the range of motion.
Several kinds of herbal supplements are available in the market that is said to reduce joint pain. They include Boswellia, bromelain, devil’s claw, ginkgo, etc.
This is a form of manual therapy that can often provide immediate pain relief. It comprises gentle, hands-on techniques, such as stretching, mobilization, and traction, which improves circulation and joint function. It is known to reduce muscle spasm, pain, and swelling. It is safe and without complications or side effects.
There is now a variety of procedures, both interventional and non-interventional that have been tried to arthritis pain relief with varying degrees of success. These include joint denervation, pain pumps, nerve block, peripheral nerve stimulation, deep brain stimulation, etc.
It is extremely important that you consult your doctor for arthritis and get it properly managed. You should get their advice before trying before trying a new supplement or remedy in order to avoid inadvertent issues.