Natural Remedies for Osteoarthritis or Joint Pain Treatments?
Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is a biomechanical and physiological disease. While many view osteoarthritis as a disease of the elderly, this is entirely inaccurate. Three out of five arthritis patients are younger than 65. Osteoarthritis can result from overuse of joints, and is often a consequence of demanding sports, obesity, or aging. If you were an athlete or dancer in your younger years and wonder why your knee or hip aches when you climb out of bed in the morning, ask your doctor about osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is common in weight-bearing joints — the knees, hips, feet, and spine — and comes on gradually over months or years. Except for the pain in the joints, it does not cause you to feel sick or have fatigue, as other types of inflammatory arthritis do.
Natural Remedies for Osteoarthritis
Painkilling tablets from the chemist have long been used for the pain of Osteoarthritis. Ibuprofen has been regularly used for its anti-inflammatory effects and Paracetamol for the pain. Along with painkillers, doctors have always recommended light exercise and massage therapy as ways of dealing with the inflammation and pain, as well as losing any unnecessary weight.
Painkilling creams and injections available today, include Capsaicin cream which is a well-tolerated painkiller, and can be rubbed into the joint, providing temporary relief. Steroid injections have also been used to alleviate discomfort for at least a week and sometimes longer.
Natural Treatments for Osteoarthritis Joint Pain
Exercise may be the last thing you want to do when your arthritis hurts. But many studies show that physical activity is one of the best ways to improve your quality of life. Exercise boosts your energy. It can also strengthen your muscles and bones, and help keep your joints flexible
Hot and Cold Compresses
Sports people regularly use hot and cold compresses when they sprain/strain a muscle. They also work well for Osteoarthritis. By increasing blood flow, hot compresses can ease pain and stiffness. Cold compresses reduce swelling. You may want to experiment with heat versus cold packs to see what works best for you.
Epsom salt bath
Epsom salt baths can provide allover relief, especially for joint pain. The magnesium in Epsom salt may help with inflammation and pain. You can buy Epsom salt from a drugstore. These baths are safe enough to take as often as you’d like for 30 minutes at a time.
Natural Remedies and Herbs
The following remedies all contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties:
- Ginger: Pain reducers – This innocuous herb/spice has been proven to aid swelling and inflammation of the joints. It also has the ability to block COX-2, which is a chemical in the body that causes pain.
- Turmeric (curcumin): Treats inflammation, pain, and stiffness– This spice contains Curcumin which, according to a 2009 study, has been proven to be a safe and successfully effective product for the pain of Osteoarthritis.
- Fenugreek – These seeds have been a popular Ayurvedic remedy for joint pain. They contain phosphorus, iron and calcium which are essential for bone health.
- Green tea: Anti-inflammatory beverage– Maintains bone strength and naturally preserves bone density, which is crucial for Osteoarthritis. A cup of green tea also helps to prevent and control aches and pains.
- Cinnamon – Helps to relax stiff muscles and contains anti-inflammatory agents and antioxidants.
- Boswelia – Prevents leukotrienes from forming, which cause inflammation.
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