Tips To Help Aching Joints

The treatment of pain is something a lot of us take for granted these days, headaches and general aches can all be swept under the carpet with the help of aspirin and paracetamol. There are now more potential treatments to help prevent pain than ever before and here we are taking a closer look at some of these methods that can be used to help joint pain.

Drug Treatments
This is one of the most effective treatments for joint pain in terms of its immediacy but it is also important to weigh the pros and cons of relying on it to help you. That isn’t to say the benefits of using them don’t outweigh the negatives but you don’t want to be reliant upon a drug to help treat joint pain throughout your life.

Some of the most common of these treatments include:
– Regular paracetamol that can help remove the pain and swelling
– For more serious cases a more complex painkiller can be introduced with chemicals that are similar to morphine
– Aspirin and ibuprofen are also commonly used as they don’t require a prescription
– Gels or creams to rub directly on the affected areas
– For those suffering from chronic pain, the likes of antidepressants will sometimes be administered to help sufferers sleep better

Injection Treatments
What was once a rare treatment is becoming more widely available. Injections can be used to block pain and offer a direct action against joint issues. They will usually combine a steroid and anaesthetic and whilst they aren’t suitable for all forms of pain, they can be very helpful and effective.

Alternative Treatments
A lot of people are reluctant to rely upon drugs to help their joint pain or they don’t feel their symptoms are especially bad to require the use of aspirin or other non-prescription drugs. Instead they rely on other pain relief treatments that can help soothe the aches and pains.

– A hot water bottle or heated pad can help alleviate any niggling discomfort
– On the flipside a lot of people prefer to use a cold compress depending on the type of ache and its location
– Massages can be a great way to help alleviate joint pain and also fight off inflammation. This method can be used with or without specific creams that can create a sense of warmth or contain ingredients to fight off swelling
– You should never underestimate the importance of rest and recuperation! Getting an adequate amount of proper sleep will help your body recover from a lot of issues a lot quicker than if you don’t sleep long enough
– Acupuncture might not be for everyone and there might not be too much research proving its effectiveness but a lot of people swear by it

Exercise
It may sound like a joke that you should exercise when you are experiencing painful joints but there are a variety of different physiotherapy techniques including manipulation and stretching, as well as exercise programmes that can help to strengthen muscles and improve your fitness.