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You are not the only one suffering from joint pain; according to statistics published by CDC, tens of millions of Americans have joint pain, and unfortunately, this number is going to rise.
Joint pain is not just a pain because it can affect the quality of your daily performance. Therefore, you will need a set of supportive measures to manage your pain. Our physical therapists at Health & Care Professional Network can control your pain by non-invasive approaches and help you regain your daily performance sooner.
How can this chronic pain be controlled? Is medication therapy a definitive solution, or should we reconsider our lifestyle? Here, smart strategies that will help you relieve symptoms and find support when you need it most.
The joint is called the junction of two bones. The shoulders, hips, elbows, and knees are the joints of our body. Joint pain can be caused by illness or injury. The pain can be so severe that you need to be hospitalized. The cause of joint pain is different. Determining the cause of the joint pain can help us find an effective treatment plan. The most common causes of pain are:
Unfortunately, there is no definitive cure for joint pain, but there are ways to help us control the pain. You should always consider the following points:
In some cases, the joint pain goes away on its own, but in other cases, you must see a doctor:
It is true that exercise helps you control your pain, but you need to be careful about how you exercise. Undoubtedly, a physical or occupational therapist can be very helpful in this regard. In other words, if you suffer from joint pain, you should focus on strengthening the muscles through exercise. Exercise should not put pressure on the joint.
Avoid the following activities:
If you have joint pain for reasons such as psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, you need to control the inflammation. Adherence to inflammation-fighting foods can help. So try to include the following in your diet:
There are several medications available to control your pain. Most of these medications are relatively safe, but you should consult your doctor to have a medication plan. For example, ibuprofen, Naproxen, and Acetaminophen are over-the-counter medications that you can use. Topical medications containing capsaicin are another options that can be used alone or in combination with oral medications. Capsaicin inhibits a neurotransmitter called substance P and prevents the transmission of pain signals to the brain. Besides, it releases chemicals called endorphins, which are involved in inhibiting pain. Topical compounds containing methyl salicylate can also be used to reduce joint pain.
Do not forget to consult your doctor before taking any medications. Besides, avoid overtreatment and undertreatment.
The physical therapist helps you strengthen the muscles around the joint and improve the range of motion of the joint. Some of the therapeutic techniques used by physical therapists are:
Anodyne therapy is one of the treatment methods for physical pain in the Health & Care Professional Network. In this method, infrared light is used to increase local blood flow to reduce pain and spasm. Our physical therapists use this method to treat various problems, including chronic pain such as joint pain.
Chronic pain in your joints may have negative effects on your mood. Your daily activities may also be disrupted, and you may become frustrated. In this condition, your pain will be harder to control. The following treatment options can help you eliminate the destructive interactions of your mind and body:
Be aware that having negative thoughts is associated with an increase in your pain. Try to distract yourself by doing some activities that you enjoy. Spend more time with the people who support you and talk to a therapist.
As we explained, joint pain occurs for various reasons. You may experience this pain as part of growing older, or underlying diseases and physical injury can lead to joint pain. You and your physician need to work together to reduce the pain.
Keep in mind that if you do not control the pain, your joint may be seriously damaged. So seeking medical advice, getting help from an experienced physical therapist, making lifestyle changes, and exercising can help relieve your pain.