Joint pain is also referred to as arthralgia and can affect one or more of the joints. Joints are responsible for facilitating movements in various parts of the body – and are therefore very sensitive to injury or excess physical pressure. Furthermore, an injured or swollen joint can cause much discomfort as we rely on our joints every day!
Causes of Joint Pain
Simply getting older does not result in the development of joint pain. Most people who suffer from joint pain do so because of injury or overuse. It can also occur as a result of more serious conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. While rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder, osteoarthritis involves the development of bone spurs as well as the degeneration of cartilage in a joint and is most prevalent in adults over the age of 45. Less common causes of joint pain are gout, bone diseases, tumors, and metabolic disorders.
Symptoms of Joint Pain
Different causes of joint pain lead to different symptoms and the acuteness of those symptoms can vary from case to case. If joint pain is caused by inflammatory disorders, like arthritis or an injury, clear symptoms may be present. One may notice redness or a swelling of the joint. A fever may also occur as well as stiffness after long periods of inactivity or sleep. If joint pain is a result of non-inflammatory disorders, one may experience only mild stiffness, increased pain during exercise, and reduced pain after resting.
Home Remedies for Joint Pain
Adding lavender oil drops to your bath water can also help keep spasms of joint pain at bay.
Using a poultice may also help; try moistening freshly grated horseradish, place it in a small, porous bag, and place it over the area afflicted by joint pain.
Boil 1 tsp. of cayenne pepper and one cup of apple cider vinegar, soak a rag in the mixture, and place it on the affected area.
One proven remedy may not sound that tasty, but may be worth a try. Grate a potato and soak it overnight in a cup of water. The next day, strain the potato and drink the liquid. You should drink this oncee a day for the best results and to prevent the bursitis from returning.
Vitamin deficiencies can contribute to the organs swelling, so take some extra vitamin C or vitamin B12. You can get a lot of the vitamins you need by eating salads.
If you suffer often from bursitis, you should mix water with honey and apple cider vinegar to drink daily as well.
Try taking a warm bath. Whether you're afflicted by joint pain or not, this is always a good way to help you relax your muscles and give your body an opportunity to heal and de-stress.
Therapeutic massage oils are available that penetrate deep down into the joint. If you are unable to find these oils, baby oil will work, but nowhere near so well.
Finally, you can also take an all natural anti-inflammatory supplement such as Celadrin to lessen the inflammation and to ease some of the pain.
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