Joint Pain

Joint pain



At some point in our lives we will or have experienced joint pain. There are more than 100 joints connecting the body's 206 bones.

Most of the major bone connections in the body are joints designed to allow a broad range of motion.

Pain in our joints can be caused by overuse or an injury affecting any of the ligaments, cartilage and bones surrounding the joint.

Joint pain can also have an underlying condition such as osteoarthritis, gout, or rheumatoid arthritis. It can cause serious discomfort and can have an impact on your day to day life.

Some Causes

Of course pain in our joints do not have to occur because of age it can occur because of osteoarthritis, a wear and tear condition affecting one out of every ten Canadians. Gout, is the build up of uric acid usually exhibiting pain in the big toe or ankles while rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder.

Symptoms

Joint pain can have symptoms like swelling, stiffness, stiffness first thing in the morning, sensitive to the touch and of course pain.

If the pain is severe you should see a doctor to get the proper diagnosis. Don't prolong your visit if your symptoms last more than three days or gets worse. Also, if you have a fever with the pain or experience weight loss and fatigue.

Treatment

In most cases unless otherwise noted by your physician, rest, light stretching exercises as well as massage can ease the discomfort.

There are also nutritional supplements that can help with relieving the pain.

Alternative Route

Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are supplements used in people who have osteoarthritis. Glucosamine has shown promising results in regenerating cartilage between bones.

Physio Therapy

Physio therapy can be helpful. A therapist can help get those joints moving and strengthening the muscles around the joints.

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Lifestyle

If you are carrying some extra weight it is beneficial that you lose it to help with the strain on your knees.

Losing 10lbs can have tremendous health benefits as well as help prevent osteoarthritis.

Try to find a balance between rest and activity and of course if you smoke try to quit as it has an affect on bone health and will contribute to osteoporosis.

Always consult with your doctor before starting any exercise program.




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