Are you aching from joint pain? You’re not alone. Millions of people across the United States suffer from joint pain every day. This can affect their mobility and quality of life. That is why at Renew Health, we aim to remedy your joint pain with proven measures to relieve pain and get you back to your pain-free self, so you can live life again!
What is the best medicine for joint pain?
Joint pain is a common ailment among adults and can include aches and soreness in the areas where your bones meet. Pain in the joints occurs when an injury or disease affects the connective tissues between the bones. Tissues of joints that cause pain include ligaments, cartilage, muscles, bones and tendons. A wide variety of conditions are associated with joint pain, such as arthritis, infection, diseases and injuries to the joint area. Knees, shoulders, and hips are among the most common body areas to be affected by joint issues. Older adults more frequently suffer from joint pain than younger people do.
Nearly any joint in the body can be affected by pain. Levels of discomfort vary from mild and short-term (acute) to debilitating and chronic. Fortunately, there are many options available to manage joint pain.
Depending on the source of your pain, treatment options may include:
- Medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (like aspirin or ibuprofen)
- Muscle relaxants and other prescription medications
- Topical agents (creams)
- Injections like steroid medications, and synthetic joint fluids
- Physical therapy, including exercise, weight loss and heat and cold therapy
- Alternative treatments include supplements, acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments and/or yoga
What is the latest treatment for knee pain?
Recently, there have been many progressions in the medical sector to treat joint and knee pain, including:
Hyaluronic Acid or Hyaluronate Injections — Also referred to as viscosupplements, this treatment tries to restore synovial fluid, which is a substance that helps lubricate joints.
Plasma Injections — This treatment involves a blood sample, which is then spun in a centrifuge to pull out your blood’s platelets and plasma. When injected back into the joint, the concentrated mixture contains substances that could help promote healing.
Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate — Experts take cells from your body and use them to stimulate the healing process inside your knee. Bone marrow also contains other substances involved in promoting cartilage regrowth and calming inflammation.
Autologous Cultured Chondrocytes — This procedure is used to repair injuries, which can lead to osteoarthritis. The process involves collecting cells from your own joints that form cartilage, which are then grown in a laboratory, and injected into the knee.
Water-Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation — This procedure aims to disable the nerves that are causing pain by heating them. The method used to control the rate of warming is called Water Cooling.
How can I heal my joints without surgery?
There are a multitude of ways to relieve joint pain and even heal joints without the need of surgery.
Anti-inflammatories — These include oral over-the-counter pain medications like aspirin and ibuprofen. There are also many natural anti-inflammatory supplements, such as fish oil and turmeric. The most important thing is to get a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables and to avoid any saturated fat, any processed foods and, particularly, any processed sugar.
Injections — There are several injections that are commonly used. Corticosteroid injections have been shown to be effective for about 40 percent of patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. They typically work best with patients who are experiencing pain and swelling, as these injections quiet down the inflammatory response.
Exercise — The benefits extend beyond weight loss. Exercises that strengthen the quadriceps (on the fronts of the thighs) and the glutes (the muscles in your behind, which help control the movement of your hips), will assist in alleviating knee pain.
If you are suffering from joint pain, don’t let it get you down! At Renew Health, we have experts that will help you take care of all kinds of joint pain and get you back on track to feeling your best! Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online!