Do you know discomfort, pain or inflammation arising from any part of the body can be as a result of joint pain? Do you also know almost 300,000 babies and children have joint pain or a rheumatic condition? Joint pain is the nation’s number one cause of disability. In this regard, Joint pain refers to arthritis; Arthritis is all around us, yet its impact on people, employers and the country is far greater, more serious and costly than most people realize. Joint pain can be mild, causing soreness only after certain activities, or it can be severe, making even limited movement, particularly bearing weight and extremely painful.
Joint pain can be caused by injury or disease affecting any of the ligaments, or tendons surrounding the joint. Others include:
Symptoms and signs associated with joint pain are:
For moderate-to-severe joint pain with swelling, an over-the-counter or prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), ornaproxen sodium (Aleve), can provide relief. A newer generation of NSAIDs known as Cox-2 inhibitors (celcoxib) is also good for pain relief, but all except one of these drugs (Celebrex) have been removed from the market because of an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular events.
If you have milder pain without any swelling, acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be effective. Be careful when taking this medicine though, especially if you drink alcohol, because high doses may cause liver damage. If your pain is so severe that NSAIDs and Cox-2 medicines are not effective enough, your doctor may prescribe a stronger opioid medication.
Other drugs that may help relieve pain include:
- Muscle relaxants to treat muscle spasms (may be used together with NSAIDs to increase the effect)
- Some antidepressants and antiepileptic drugs (which both interfere with pain signals)
Some research has indicated that glucosamine and chondroitin supplements can help with joint pain and improve function. Both of these substances are components of normal cartilage, which helps cushion the bones and protect joints. Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements are available in capsule, tablet, powder, or liquid form. Although these supplements don’t work for everyone, they are safe to try because they don’t have any significant side effects.
Article By eDokita Team
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