Joint Pain is Very Common and Very Treatable
Joints are important connectors between many of the bones in our bodies. They bear weight, allow us to move fluidly, and control the body’s range of motion. There are many important joints in the body, from the knees and hips to the elbow and wrist. Each joint in the body is specialized and carries a specific function. While there is no definite answer to how many joints are in the body, it is believed there are anywhere from 250 to 350. With this many bones connected, it is no wonder joint pain is so common.
Before we look at some of the most common causes of joint pain and how you can treat this discomfort naturally, let’s briefly discuss the different types of joints.
There are three main types of joints. They are broken down by the type of movement they allow for:
- Synarthroses (immovable joints) – These are fixed joints that do not allow for any movement in the body. Examples of immovable joints include bones in the skull and those that surround the brain.
- Amphiarthroses (slightly movable joints) – Also referred to as cartilaginous joints, amphiarthroses joints allow for some movement but not as much range of motion as those that are freely movable. Examples of amphiarthroses joints are the bones of the spine.
- Diarthroses (freely movable joints) – Often called synovial joints, these types of joints provide an extensive range of motion and allow all parts of the joint to move at-will. Examples of diarthrosis joints include the knee, wrist, and elbow.
Now that you are familiar with the various types of joints in the body, we can take a closer look at why they oftentimes hurt. The joints are very important to the overall function of the body, as they are the connectors that allow for movement and stability. When they have been compromised in any way, it can lead to serious pain and irritation.
Many different conditions can lead to joint pain, many of which can be treated naturally. According to numerous studies, this pain is so common that it is believed one-third of all adults have had joint pain within the last month. Because it is so common, we often see patients seeking relief. We have had great success treating extreme cases of joint pain with stem cell therapy and other forms of regenerative medicine, but we are also advocates of the many effective at-home treatments.
What Are the Symptoms of Joint Pain?
Before we look at some of the most common symptoms, it is important to note that joint pain can be caused by injury, inflammation, an infection, or a specific disease. The key to treating joint pain is finding the root cause and going from there.
Here are some of the signs and symptoms associated with joint pain:
- Redness or swelling around the joint
- Joint tenderness
- The skin around the joint feels warm to the touch
- Locking of the joints
- Joint stiffness
- Loss of range of motion
- Joint weakness
- An inability to put weight on the joint
My Joints Hurt: Why?
Typically, if joint pain affects multiple joints, it is likely caused by arthritis. Both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are commonly associated with joint pain and inflammation. But there are a handful of other reasons why your joints may hurt, including:
- Infectious diseases, including mumps, the flu, and hepatitis
- An infection of the bone or joint
- Injury from overuse
- Certain types of cancer
Treating Joint Pain Naturally
Treating joint pain will depend on a host of factors, including which joints are affected and what the cause is. If the spine or pelvis is involved, or if arthritis is thought to be a cause, the patient may require a more rigorous treatment plan.
Regardless of what the cause of your pain is, there are many ways you can treat your discomfort naturally and in the comfort of your own home. Some of the most effective ways to treat joint pain at-home include:
- Apply topical pain relievers
- Stay physically active (it was once thought that rest was the key to helping joint pain, but we know now that staying mobile is important)
- Stretch before exercising
- Stretch to improve range of motion
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Take a warm bath
- Heat and cold therapy
- Physical therapy
- Get a massage
- Get plenty of rest
- Change your diet
- Muscle relaxants to help with muscle spasms from joint pain
- Perform water exercises to strengthen the joint
- Practice mindfulness
- Certain supplements, like turmeric and vitamin D
- Omega-3 fatty acids
Fighting Inflammation with Food
In many cases, joint pain is the result of inflammation in the body. This can happen for many different reasons; from the foods we eat to our genetic makeup. If you are experiencing joint pain, one of the first places to start is by integrating foods that fight inflammation into your diet. Some of these foods include:
- Fish high in omega-3 fatty acids
- Dark, leafy greens
- Green tea
- Dark chocolate
As you can see, there are many different inflammation-fighting foods, allowing you to make adjustments to your diet as you need. Anti-inflammatory foods are everywhere, which means you don’t have to worry about starting some crazy fad diet to get the nutrients you need to find relief.
You don’t have to live with this pain. There are many different ways you can treat your pain and get back to living your life.
Find Relief with TXP
If you have tried the above at-home treatment methods yet are still suffering from joint pain, give Texas Partners Healthcare Group a call. We offer a wide range of effective pain management solutions that aim to provide you with relief. We know just how frustrating living with joint pain can be and are here to help you find the relief you’ve been looking for. Joint pain can happen as a result of many different conditions or events, but there are ways to treat it naturally. To learn more about how stem cells can treat hip pain, or if you have other questions about managing your discomfort, contact Texas Partners Healthcare Group today.