Healthy joints are instrumental in all movement and support in the body. Joint pain can range from mildly uncomfortable to severe and debilitating. Joint pain is common in aging adults, and is often found in major joints such as the knees, hips, and shoulders. Joint pain is a symptom of arthritis, an inflammation of the joints which affects many aging adults.
With any joint pain, it is highly recommended that you see out the opinion of a doctor or physiotherapist. A doctor may prescribe medication in order to reduce pain and inflammation. A physiotherapist can diagnose and treat your joint pains effectively.
Joint pain is often due to inflammation. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications include:
For long-term health, you may want to follow an anti-inflammatory diet. Foods known to be anti-inflammatory include:
There are lots of books and information on the web about anti-inflammatory diets available.
There are many topical creams available to treat joint pain. Many are specifically for arthritis sufferers including Aleve and Voltaren. Other topical agents may contain methyl salicylate, or herbal remedies such as Arnica or Tiger Balm.
Hot & Cold
Using hot and cold therapy can be an effective way to get short term relief from joint pain. Use heat, such as a warm bath, shower, heating in order to release stiff joints. For painful joints, apply an ice pack to the area.
Low-impact exercise maintains the function and flexibility of your joints. Exercise also keeps your weight down, which lessens the pressure on your joints. Low-impact exercises include:
Getting a massage is a relaxing way to get temporary relief from joint pain and stiffness. Regular massages will help with your symptoms and increase your range of motion. You can also ask your massage therapist or physiotherapist to show you some self-massage techniques for quick relief wherever you are.
Joint pain doesn’t have to disrupt your life. Taking preventative measure such as keeping active with low-impact workouts, eating a healthy anti-inflammatory diet, and taking anti-inflammatory supplements such as turmeric and glucosamine, will give your body the best defense against joint pain and stiffness.