Joint pain relief and treatment options vary with the causes of the pain and when the pain is a result of an underlying condition, treating the condition, may offer long-term relief.
There is currently no known cure for conditions like Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and medical treatment of these conditions aims to reduce joint pain, improve joint mobility and quality of life and restrict functional impairment, whilst limiting any toxic side effects of therapy. Although most conventional medication and drug treatments are prescribed purely for relief of symptoms, they do not offer a cure for the underlying condition and because of this many people around the world are opting for safer, all natural, non-drug, alternative remedies and therapies to avoid any potential drug related side effects.
Alternative treatment methods such as heat and ice applications or applying pain patches, can offer safe and effective relief from joint pain. Natural herbal and homeopathic remedies have been proven to effectively address the underlying cause of joint pain and encourage joint pain relief. Though there are no standard supplements that are available for the treatment of joint pain, throughout the years numerous clinical studies have proven the effectiveness of them and a few that could help alleviate painful joint conditions are mentioned below:
Devil’s Claw has used for centuries to treat symptoms of joint pain in conditions such as osteoarthritis, fibrositis, rheumatism and small joint disease.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin are commonly found dietary supplements which help repair cartilage and maintain joint mobility. Glucosamine is an essential constituent of cartilage and Glucosamine sulphate is the dietary supplement most frequently used by patients who suffer from Osteoarthritis (OA) and joint pains. Considerable research has shown that it effectively reduces the inflammation and pain associated with OA whilst slowing down the progression of the disease. It has also been shown to control OA symptoms as effectively as ibuprofen and without the gastro side effects of Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs).
Chondroitin is a compound that is essential for the formation of our joints’ matrix structure. Long-term use of Chondroitin supplements could slow the progression of the disease by slowing the narrowing of the spaces between joints. Chondroitin has not shown any benefit over glucosamine and can probably be considered as a modest supplement to alleviate pain.
Boswellia is a fragrant tree resin (Boswellia Sacra is thought to be the Biblical incense Frankinsence) and a natural anti-inflammatory. Bromelain is a natural enzyme in pineapple used as a joint pain reliever and anti-inflammatory. There are also the additional complementary physical therapies such as:
The above are but a few of the many pain relief treatments now readily available as alternatives to the usual drug solutions so favoured of the medical profession.
Then, in addition to the above, what with advent of functional and affordable self-care products such as, Acupressure tools and Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (acronym TENS) machines, which work by producing a small electrical impulse current to stimulate the nerves for pain management and pain relief – and also infrared and ultrasonic devices that perform similar tasks – there are plenty of alternatives to over-the-counter and prescription medications and their potentially harmful side effects.