The Right Tools for Joint Pain Relief
In your mind’s ear, you hear that creaking-door sound, or the ‘snap,crackle, and pop’ of a well-known breakfast cereal. It happens every time you bend, kneel or reach up for something. Your joints are talking and, quite often, they get their point across with searing stabs of cringe-inducing discomfort.
Joint pain can range from mildly annoying to sharp jolts that compel you to fire off a few strong words of your own. But, rest assured, you’re not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Health, United States 2010 Survey, approximately 30 percent of adults interviewed reported symptoms of joint-related aching and swelling. Several conditions can serve as the source behind the pain, and we’ll take a brief look at them later. But let’s start with a basic overview of the mechanism that makes your arms, legs and other extremities mobile in the first place.
Like doors or swiveling desk lamps, bones rely on hinges—your joints—for motion. The joint itself is technically a bone with cushioning pads of cartilage that act as shock absorbers for the bones on either side. Ligaments provide bone-to-bone attachment around each joint. Tendons give muscle support to joints, and fluid-filled sacs called bursae complete the triad by providing a gliding surface for adjacent tendons. Mechanically speaking, it’s a great system. But every machine has its fair share of kinks. Joints are no different.
Arthritis and arthralgia are common medical synonyms for joint pain. Injuries can be a source. So can normal wear and tear. In extreme cases, ailments like lupus, gout or Lyme disease manifest joint pain symptoms. When there’s persistent redness, swelling or unusual warmth around the joint, talk to your healthcare provider. However, most joint pain symptoms are easily—and successfully—managed with oral and topical treatment options.
Dietary supplements with turmeric extract and bromelain can combat joint inflammation that often stems from overuse. Other supplements alleviate discomfort with a mix of turmeric, ginger, green tea extract and other natural ingredients. Joint and muscle sprays with boswellia and cucurmin provide fast relief when you’ve pushed yourself too hard. Arnica gel also offers relief in a fast-absorbing, non-greasy form.
Joint discomfort is nothing new; matter of fact, Noah probably felt a few twinges during his ark-building years. But those random aches needn’t slow you down or cramp your style. In most cases, common sense and proper self-treatment methods can keep you moving forward while leaving the pain behind.