Osteoarthritis is a painful condition. However, it doesn’t have to be a condition that keeps you from enjoying life.
What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a breakdown of cartilage of the joints. It is also know as joint inflammation. It usually effects people during middle age and older.
What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis?
• Area feels warm to the touch
• Possible redness
• Possible loss of function, if not treated
What are the best ways to treat or relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis?
It may sound silly to speak about exercise, when a person is experiencing pain. Yet, if a person can actually make themselves move and exercise, they may actually find some relief from their osteoarthritis symptoms.
Shedding of any extra weight
Extra weight means extra pressure. If you can remove some of the extra pressure off of the joints, you will feel better and feel less pain.
The use of hot or cold therapy (or both)
Heat can relax muscles and stiff joints. This can reduce discomfort. Cold can reduce swelling. You might want to try applying a heating pad for 15 minutes several times a day. You can also use an ice occasionally, too, as long as you do not have circulation problems.
Over the counter pain relievers
Doctors prefer acetaminophen for pain. Studies have shown that it is as effective as aspirin and ibuprofen and will not cause stomach problems.
Prescription strength medications
If you pain is severe, you may need to speak to your doctor about prescribing something stronger.
Some people have found relief by having corticosteroid shots injected right into the infected joint with the use of anesthetic. This is only used as a last resort before surgery.
Acupuncture has been proven to work for many people in many different areas of the body for treating the pain that is associated for Osteoarthritis.
There is no need to be living a life filled with a pain, when we live in a society filled with many health options. Try to find a way to relieve your pain if you are suffering from Osteoarthritis and try to enjoy your life to its fullest.