For most people, moving, walking, running is what living is all about. But it also puts our bodies at risk of injury, especially the joints. If you do feel some pain, you are certainly not alone: according to a nationwide poll, up to 30% of individuals in the USA reported experiencing joint pain in the previous 30 days. In many cases, joint pain and/or discomfort is no reason to panic; nevertheless, you should consult your doctor if the condition persists.
Nowadays joint discomfort is – unfortunately – nothing unusual, but the symptoms may vary, and include edema, warmth, soreness, redness, and pain when moving the joints. Joint pain is typically caused by arthritis, or, most commonly, osteoarthritis (OA). Many people experience joint pain as a result of depression, fibromyalgia, or some other type or illness. Additionally, it can be brought on by bad posture or even longer periods of inactivity.
Arthritis symptoms can definitely be alleviated, but unfortunately, many people are unsure how or which pain relief solution to consider. Although taking medicine or exercising doesn’t always make the discomfort go away, ignoring your pain is not going to cure it either. Best way is always to consult your doctor first and get a proper diagnosis. In any case, here’s a quick overview of pain relief solutions:
1. PAINKILLERS – ORAL, TOPICAL & INJECTABLE
The painkillers your doctor could prescribe will depend on what’s causing your joint pain: they can be oral, topical or injectable. Oral treatments include OTC (over-the-counter) nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, and prescription NSAIDs such as Voltaren, aspirin, Tylenol, to name but a few. You can also try OTC creams and gels or get steroid or hyaluronic acid injections.
2. PHYSICAL THERAPY
Stretching and strengthening exercises will help you increase your range of motion as well as strengthen the muscles around the joint. Physical therapy is a very useful type of joint pain treatment that can both alleviate your discomfort and reduce any stiffness or inflammation. Sometimes even a brace might be needed, especially for knee pain, to help improve its stability and function.
3. DIET & NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS
A well balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables and whole grains can also help alleviate the signs and symptoms of arthritis. To help prevent inflammation, a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants can be beneficial. For omega-3-rich foods, go for salmon, tuna, and mackerel, or walnuts and chia seeds. For antioxidant-rich foods, your best choice are the fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts, red wine, and dark chocolate.
Regular exercise can help reduce – and, even better, prevent – joint pain. It can also improve your mood and quality of life, as well as help regulate your sleeping cycle. Low impact exercises, such as walking, swimming, low strength training, cycling, tai chi, yoga or pilates, can all improve the overall function of the joints. People with arthritis should try to get at least 2 ½ hours of physical activity every week.
Surgery is usually viewed as a last resort for treating joint pain, often for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis who haven’t improved their condition with conventional treatments. A total joint replacement may be necessary in severe situations, unless osteotomy (a surgery that includes reshaping of bones to ease pressure on the joint) can help. However, not everyone with joint pain will be a candidate for this procedure, this depends on many factors.
6. LUBRICEN® KNEE PATCH
Last but not least: a great way to alleviate knee pain issues is with a drug-free LUBRICEN® Knee Patch. Most physical activity – such as running, jumping, and turning – places huge load forces on the knee joint. A lack of synovial fluid in the knee causes cartilage to be compromised and often results in inflammation. This is the knee pain most people feel when trying to exercise or be physically active.
What LUBRICEN® Knee Patch does is help provide lubrication to the knee to prevent downstream pain and assist its overall function, for greater mobility. Its drug-free formulation contains Glucosamine Sulfate, Chondroitin Sulfate, and Menthol as a sensory agent. These ingredients are known to be aggrecan precursors, required by the body to produce synovial fluid – the body’s natural joint lubricant.
The patented diamagnetic micro-array technology built into the patch will enhance the delivery of aforementioned key ingredients into bioavailable areas of the knee. As a result, you and your knees will feel better and ready for action. The best therapy for joint pain is to keep moving and the best way to keep moving is – with LUBRICEN®.