Arthritis pain can easily interfere with everyday life. If you experience knee pain when standing up out of a chair or climbing stairs, for example, you may be feeling the beginnings of arthritis. As we age, our daily activities, sports and other injuries can take a toll on our joints. This guide will explain about arthritis pain and how it can be managed.
What is arthritis?
Bones at joints are coated with a spongy layer of cartilage that protects the bones from friction when moving. Various factors influence the condition of the cartilage. The natural course of ageing, sports injury, excess weight and everyday wear and tear all degrade the cartilage. This leaves the bones exposed to friction, often causing pain and inflammation. It is suggested that the combination of an ageing population and the growing obesity epidemic may see a significant rise in arthritis pain cases in the coming years.
Where does arthritis present in the body?
Typically, arthritis will be felt in commonly worked joints like fingers, knees, hips, lower back, and neck.
Why is arthritis painful?
On either side of a joint, two ligaments hold the bones in place, and tendons attach muscles to the bones. This support structure can become inflamed around an arthritic joint. It is suggested that inflammation is caused by loose fragments of cartilage and bone irritating these supports.
What are pain relief options for arthritis pain?
As most arthritis pain is associated with inflammation of the joints, anti-inflammatories are the most commonly recommended solution. Topical creams and tablets are readily available at pharmacists without prescription. Creams can be applied to painful joints frequently to help ease pain. Specific muscle strengthening exercises can also be employed to provide structural support to the weakened joints. Shoes with cushioning insoles may help absorb shock which will also reduce pressure on the joints.
Can arthritis be healed?
You can’t regrow cartilage, you can only preserve what you have. If you do not have joint pain, take steps to preserve your cartilage now. If you are experiencing the first signs of arthritic pain, you can still act to reduce inflammation and keep your joints as healthy as possible. Consult a doctor or pharmacist to find out the best ways to preserve cartilage.
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