Arthritis pain treatment should be seriously taken into consideration. Most of us usually tend to ignore the joint pain and take them lightly, try to bear with it and think that joint pain is normal and part of growing old and aging.
Pain is actually your body's alarm system telling there is something wrong. It is a signal indicating there is some part of your body is either injured or damaged. For example, if you touch a hot frying pan, the nerve ending on your hand send pain signal so you pull away your hand to prevent further injury. It is actually a body mechanism to protect you from further serious injury.
Arthritis pain treatment is very important since it can disrupt your life. The pain might hinder you to perform even a simple task such as walking, bending down, stepping down the staircase, getting up from bed or simply as opening a jar. Arthritis pain hurts you emotionally, psychologically, and physically. It creates low energy levels and can be frustrating. If you feel depressed and stressed, your pain got worse and you might end up in a cycle of pain that makes even harder to handle.
Arthritis pain strikes not only to older people but also younger people in few cases. Arthritis sufferer might experience different kind of pain from time to time. There are no easy answers or magic potion to relieve arthritis pain. What works for some people might not work for other. Finding an effective and safe medication for arthritis pain is a complex task that may take years through trial and error.
Arthritis pain treatment available in the market today, mostly in the form of topical painkillers or drugs (such as acetaminophen and anti-inflammatory: ibuprofen and naproxen). Topical painkillers come in the form of gels, creams, lotions or patches that are applied directly to the skin over your affected aching joints. These products may temporarily relieve your pain but there may be side effect such as burning or stinging sensation, strong medicinal odor and some contain salicylates which is not safe for those allergic to aspirin or taking blood thinners.
Aside from these topical pain medications or drugs, another very effective treatment is using alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, healthy diet, yoga, tai chi and gentle exercise program which include stretching and muscle strengthening. Exercise is crucial for arthritis sufferer as it increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps combat fatigue. Always listen to your body, avoid positions or movements that can cause pain and do not exert more energy than you think your joints can handle.