Joint pain causes and treatment

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At the point of connection between bones, we have joints. These joints play a very crucial role in aiding our movements. Sometimes, however, the joints are inflamed, diseased or injured. When you have any of these problems, you will suffer from joint pain. The other causes of joint pain are:

Rheumatoid arthritis
Sprains and strains
Gout
Osteoarthritis

The pain in the joints seems to get worse as we age. Many patients will either complain of mild to severe joint pain.

Signs

There are a number of signs and symptoms for pain in the joints. Watch out for the following:

Redness

Due to the inflammation in the joint areas such as the knees and ankles, there is redness in the areas that are affected.

Swelling

The inflammation in the joints leads to swelling. When the swelling occurs in the joints of limbs such as legs, one is unable to walk properly. It is also usually very painful and one must get the aid of clutches or a walking stick.

Warmth in the joints

One will usually feel tingling warmth in the joints as a result of inflammation.

Patient limps

Due to the weakness in the joints, one is unable to walk properly and will in some cases be forced to limp whilst walking.

Joints lock

The depletion of the synovial fluid leads to direct contact of the joints which in turn lock. This inhibits one’s moment. There may also be friction which is excruciatingly painful.

Range of motion is lost

As the joints are severely affected, the patient’s range of motion is curtailed to a large extent. Most of people of with joint pain rarely walk far.

Stiffness

The pain in the joints leads to stiffness in the affected joints.

General weakness

One tends to become weak and especially in the parts affected.

Treatment

For treatment of this pain, there are a number of medications which are available.the first are the over-the-counter medications. They are used to relieve the inflammation as well as combat pain. One can also take the Non-Steroidal anti-Inflammatory Drugs such as ibuprofen. Aspirin is part of the latter drugs which thins blood to help calm the joint pain.

Caution should however be taken when using some of these drugs because they have some side effects. For instance, the NSAIDs tend to cause gastrointestinal bleeding when taken in excess. It is therefore advisable that contacts a doctor before using them.

Home treatment

Sometimes one does not require medications to treat the pain in the joints. There are various home remedies which have been tried and found to be effective in treating this condition. Ginger tea and turmeric powder make a very powerful mixture for calming the pain and relieving one from the symptoms of the condition. You will just boil water and add a half teaspoonful of each. The mixture is then strained and drunk. They contain anti-oxidant properties to help reduce the inflammation in the joints.
Others include dandelion leaves, Epsom salt and magnesium.

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