Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis usually caused by the gradual daily wear and tear of our joints. The cartilage, that separates and protects the bones, breaks down and wears away so that the bones start to rub and grind against each other, leading to pain and discomfort. A disconcerting symptom could be a rubbing, grating or crackling sound when you move the joint.
Pain and stiffness in the joints are the most common symptoms, particularly when you first wake up in the morning and lasting for some 30 minutes or less until mild activity warms up the joint. The pain is often worse after exercise and when you put weight or pressure on the joint, while the joints probably become stiffer and harder to move over time. During the day, the pain may get worse when you're active and feel better when you are resting. Unfortunately, in time the pain may be present when you are resting and even keep you awake at night. Some people do not show any symptoms although they have osteoarthritis./p>
There are pharmaceutical medications to deal with the pain and other symptoms such as acetaminophen, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or narcotics. Each come with their own set of side effects. There is no known cure for osteoarthritis, but such medications can help to reduce pain and maintain joint movement. Injections of corticosteroid medications may relieve pain in your joint but the number you can receive each year is limited because the medication can cause joint damage. /p>
However, there are also a number of natural remedies you can use, often at home, to treat your pain
- Top of the list is to lose weight if this is a problem because of the amount of extra pressure, stress and strain on knees and hips, leading to more pain.
- Work with a physical therapist who can create an exercise regimen especially for you that will strengthen the muscles around your joint, increase the range of motion in your joint and reduce your pain.
- Discover ways to do everyday tasks or do your job without putting extra stress on an already painful joint.
- Consider trying splints, braces, shoe inserts or other medical devices that can help reduce your pain by immobilizing or supporting your joint to help keep off any pressure.
- Think about joining a chronic pain class which will teach skills to help you manage any pain. You will also meet other sufferers and gain their support and advice too.
- Injections of hyaluronic acid derivatives (similar to a component normally found in your joint fluid) may offer pain relief by providing some cushioning in your knee.
- Any gentle weight training and aerobic exercise strengthen the muscles around the affected joint, providing it with greater support and get you moving. Aquatic exercise is particularly helpful.
- Thermotherapy is the name given to using heat or cold to relieve osteoarthritis pain, with heat working to increase circulation in the joints and relaxing those muscles that have clenched in pain while cold can numb the pain.
- Glucosamine and chondroitin supplementation can help repair worn or torn cartilage while Omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish oil or flaxseed oil) are anti-inflammatory agents. SAMe (s-adenosyl-L-methionine) is a further supplement used to can help reduce osteoarthritis pain.
- Follow a diet rich in foods that can reduce inflammation and swelling such as horseradish, mustard, garlic, onions, watercress, parsley, celery, pickles, lemon and rose-hip tea along with the omega-3 fatty acids found in nuts, seeds and fish that can also reduce inflammation. At the same time, avoid inflammation-causing foods such as sugars and grains.
- Other forms of relief include acupuncture, yoga, Tai chi, massage therapy, hydrotherapy and even sulfur-rich mud baths.
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