Chronic joint pain is something many people live with every day, in their knees, hands, elbows and shoulders; and along with the endless pain many are left unable to move, sit or walk freely as a result. Others may find it difficult to sleep, or do everyday tasks like housework and shopping without help.

While acute describes pain that is temporary, chronic means long term, so those with chronic joint pain need to find good ways to reduce their discomfort and improve their quality of life. This is especially important now as more people are living longer, and therefore having to face managing chronic joint pain.

The good news is that there are several effective ways to treat chronic joint pain to hopefully provide life changing improvements. Here we look at several of the best of these options.

Medication

NSAID’s (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug), both over the counter or prescribed by a doctor are a popular aid to help reduce the swelling chronic joint pain often brings, while lower levels of pain may respond well to Tylenol. Unfortunately, both types of drugs have side effects which make long term use a little scary. Severe pain may be treated with opiods, or even with muscle relaxants.

Creams and lotions

Known as ‘topical’ treatments these contain substances said to help reduce chronic joint pain. Good examples are creams including capsaicin (from chilli peppers).

Steroid injections

These are given directly into the problem joint, and are often offered to those who get no relief from either medicines or creams. The effect is generally short term, but it is helpful for a pain break.

Non-drug based treatments

Physical therapy

This includes strength building exercises, manipulation, nerve stimulation, and ultrasound.

Self care

Basically, this involves using braces at home,  losing weight and taking some gentle, low-impact, low weight-bearing exercise such as swimming and cycling.

Supplements

There are plenty of these on the shelves of most drugstores, health food stores and markets, some featuring whichever is the latest trend in tackling joint pain.

Alternative therapies

Some people report classes in mindfulness, or things like Reiki sessions help them manage chronic joint pain.

An integrated approach

This is an approach which suits people looking for help managing and treating chronic joint pain in a more holistic way. Special centers take a different approach, which includes a focus on long term health, exercise, and food intake, alongside offering stem cell treatments which can bring a lot of relief without invasive procedures. Click here to learn more.

A positive attitude

This isn’t always easy but some people do find a huge relief as a result of staying positive, looking for ways to manage the pain while exercising and doing all you can to live your best life.

There isn’t one effective way to treat chronic joint pain that will suit every single person living with that kind of discomfort every day, but there are several options to explore. It’s worth keeping an open mind and trying all the methods you can, until you can find what works best for you.

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