Joint pain is a symptom which is associated with all types of arthritic conditions and its relief and alleviation is the primary goal of all the treatments for patient’s comfort and mental and emotional health. Arthritis can cause inflammation of joints, pain in the joints, stiffness, redness, softness and feeling of warmth in the joints. During progression of the disease the pain and swelling tend to increase in the joints however in rheumatic arthritis, most of the time, the symptoms do not correlate with the aggravation of the disease. Arthritic condition causes stiffness of muscles, and ligaments which causes problems with the movement of joints in the form of pain, this promotes reluctance in the patient to move the joint and gradually range of joint movement reduces. Later, infection of synovial fluid, brittle cartilages, deposition of fat at the joint or between two bones and joint deformity may occur depending on the type of arthritic condition.
Joint pain due to arthritis is of two types acute and chronic, acute pain is a sharp temporary pain that subsides on its own or after treatment in a short duration, while chronic pain can last for weeks, months or even a lifetime. The period when disease is inactive symptoms like joint pain and swelling will not be evident or will be at minimum, while when disease is active they can aggravate to restrict the movement and cause lot of pain and discomfort. The period when disease is inactive is called remission and while disease is active that period is called flare. Treatment of joint pain can reduce the magnitude of the arthritic condition to a large extent as maintaining the movement of affected joint helps the body in prolonging the remissions of the disease.
Joint pain can be relieved by NSAID as they are known to cause minimum side effects out of all the allopathic medicines but too much NSAID can be harmful too. Herbs, therapies and exercises are the best ways of relieving arthritis joint pain. However exercises and therapies shall not be chosen without medical opinion as some therapies and exercises can be harmful in certain arthritic condition. Ginger, alfalfa, guggulu, ginseng and ashwagandha are few herbs those are good for over all health and a person who may be susceptible for arthritis can consume them to prevent the advent of the disease. Even when joint discomfort is initial these herbs help magically in controlling pain and inflammation to keep the disease inactive for longer periods and stopping its progression.
Hot water tub baths, hydrotherapy, application of hot and cold packs are few simple therapies which can be very useful in reliving arthritis joint pain at the initial as well as at later stage. Light exercises like walking, swimming, aerobics and some yoga poses and exercises can maintain the joint movement and relieve from pain and discomfort that occurs when arthritis gets triggered in the body. Dietary changes like consuming more citrus fruits, grapes, milk, whole grains supply the body with necessary nutrients and minerals which help in combating arthritis.
By: Ryan Mutt
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