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5 Ways You Can Alleviate Joint Less Pain

 

Your bones meet in your joints, and it allows you to move seamlessly. Joints mostly include knees, shoulders, elbows, hips, or anything that connects one bone to another. There can be soreness, aches, and discomfort caused by joint pain. These are not life-threatening, but it’s best to monitor any pain you experience in your joints, whenever it occurs as it can occur regularly or randomly. This can get worse if not appropriately monitored and might cause you to take maintenance medications for joint pain.

What are the Causes?

The common cause of joint pain is arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and Osteoarthritis (OA) are the most common ones from different kinds of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis usually affects women more than men, and osteoarthritis is common in adults over 40 years old. These slowly develop and commonly affect the most used joints in our body, which are knees, hips, hands, and wrists.

Doctors have expressed that most joint pain is considered to be chronic, meaning it is regularly recurring. Joint pain is common and usually doesn’t require a hospital visit, and there are products for pain relief; you can easily buy and use at home. Here are some of the ways are to manage and alleviate joint pain:

1. Stay Active and Exercise

This one might be an odd suggestion given that joint pain inhibits an individual from moving freely and pain-free. However, lack of exercise, or any movement really, will worsen arthritis and muscle atrophy. This doesn’t have to be an intense workout; a moderate, low-impact exercise will do. This will help strengthen your muscles again, improve your balance, and make your joints a little more stable.

Some examples are walking, using a  slow stationary bike, doing yoga, or water aerobics. It’s best to follow a workout routine. If you feel you’re feeling less pain and discomfort, you can adjust your exercises accordingly for an intense physical activity.

It’s also critical to have a healthy weight. If you are on the heavier side, this can cause stress on your joints. It’s best to check your BMI from time to time.

2. Make Stretching A Habit

This isn’t just stretching before and after a workout, but also whenever you’re doing mundane things. This can help you maintain a range of motion in your joints. You can search for a range of motion (ROM) exercises to make a routine, or you can simply start with stretching while seated, and you can use pillows or rolled-up towels to adjust your range of motion.

3. Using CBD Infused Products

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is the ingredient found in the cannabis plant or also known as the hemp plant. Contrary to the controversy, CBD is non-psychoactive. This will not get you high, unlike the ones that contain THC, which is the one that causes euphoria. CBD has many health benefits for minor health problems and serious medical issues, pain relief being one of them.

CBD infused products can be ingested or applied to your skin, where your muscles and joints are painful; this can relieve any discomfort. Multiple studies have been conducted that show substantial evidence of CBD alleviating pain, inflammation, and swelling, you can look at this review to further know more about its benefits.

Also, if you feel stressed due to the discomfort you’re experiencing, there are CBD infused vitamins, foods, and drinks that can help in decreasing your stress levels. The most potent form of CBD products is the tinctures, you can just put a small drop of it under your tongue, and you’re good to go.

4. Topical Pain Relievers

Over the counter topical pain relievers, also known as topical NSAIDs, are also another choice; these are in the form of creams, patches, and gels. When looking for these products, ensure that diclofenac sodium, menthol, capsaicin, salicylate, or lidocaine are included in the product. It helps to alleviate the pain by preventing transmissions of nerve impulses, and it reduces the inflammation of the joints, stiffness, and swelling.

5. Oral Medication

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications can be prescribed by your doctor and are mostly available over the counter. Some examples are ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or naproxen (Aleve). These reduce inflammation and alleviate pain, as well. On the other hand, cautiously take aspirin and Tylenol as they have a blood-thinning component and can lead to kidneys and liver complications.

Conclusion

If you are experiencing joint pain, there are numerous ways to alleviate the discomfort it brings. Options include regular exercise, stretching, using CBD infused products, topical creams and gels, and over-the-counter medications. If your problem persists and there is still extreme redness and swelling, it’s best to see a doctor to rule out what causes your joint pain.

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

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