One of the most common conditions affecting individuals is joint pain. It is estimated that at least one- third of all Americans experience pain in their joints at some point in their lifetime. Most describe this as a physical discomfort where two or more of their bones meet to form the joint. This pain can range from mild, barely noticeable to disabling.
What is Joint Pain?
Joint pain can range from a mild irritation all the way to debilitating. Most is acute pain, meaning it goes away after a short period of time. However, many times individuals also experience chronic pain in their knees, elbow,etc. which is defined as joint pain that last longer than 3 months. Listed below are several ways joint pain is treated and managed. As with any other type of pain treatment it should always be done under the strict care of a doctor:
Joint Pain Treatment
Many times joint pain results from swelling and can be treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) including aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. These drugs are extremely effective at
reducing inflammation, but care should be taken, because they have been known to increase cardiovascular stress and should not be taken during times of extreme physical exertion. Individuals experiencing mild pain that is not due to swelling may experience relief from pain by taking a medication such as Tylenol. Depending on the severity of joint pain a doctor may also elect to prescribe opiate based painkillers to accelerate patients pain and discomfort.
There are several different ointments that have been proven to help alleviate certain forms of pain, The most common of which is methyl salicylate also known as Bengay.
Often individuals are unable to completely resolve joint pain from oral medications alone and must receive a steroid injection from a doctor. Steroid injections are typically used to treat arthritis, and chronic joint inflammation. Although steroid injections are the most common injection procedures for this pain, doctors may also inject a substance known as hyaluronan, which is a synthetic version of joint fluid. Doctors may also use needles to drain fluid excess fluid buildups that may also contribute to chronic pain.
Exercising regularly may help you decrease pain and increase the mobility and flexibility without causing joint damage. Physical therapist also employ a wide range of exercises that can help strengthen joints and drastically improve range of motion. A physical therapist may also in conjunction with a doctor put patients on an exercise and diet program. Individuals that are excessively overweight may see relief of pain in joints with a reduction in overall body weight, because of the reduced stress placed on joints. In general, low-impact activities, ice, and over the counter pain medications may also show results for mild and acute pain.
What Causes Pain in Multiple Joints?
Acute pain in multiple joints is most often due to inflammation, a chronic condition flare up or gout. However, chronic pain in multiple joints can typically be attributed to osteoarthritis or an inflammatory disorder.
Pain that seems to come from joints, can sometimes come from structures outside of the joints–ligaments, tendons, or muscles. We see examples of this in patients with bursitis or tendinitis.
Joint Pain Relief
If you’re suffering from chronic joint pain, Contact the Pain Relief Center in Plano, Texas at 214-709-1904. We offer holistic treatment options, physical therapy, medicinal therapy and more for those suffering from chronic pain.