Understanding Joint Pain
What is joint pain?
Medically joint pain is known as arthralgia. Initially it can be useful to determine if your joint pain may be acute or chronic.
Types of joint pain
Acute joint pain will go away after a few weeks, and is often caused by overuse injuries such as sprains and strains, or by infections such as the flu virus.
Chronic joint pain is pain that lasts several weeks, months or even years. Arthritis is a type of chronic joint pain, which causes pain, swelling and stiffness in inflamed joints. There are different types of arthritis with the most common being rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and gout.
Bursitis is swelling and irritation of the bursa; small fluid-filled sacs which act as a cushion between joints, muscles and tendons. It can be caused by overuse, particularly with a change in activity level or by arthritis.
Knee pain is the most common complaint, followed by shoulder pain and hip pain, but joint pain can affect any joint in your body. If you are not sure what is causing your joint pain, your doctor may be able to help with a diagnosis.
How to treat joint pain
Joint pain relief depends on the cause, for overuse injuries, rest and gentle stretching are vital for recovery. Painkillers and support bandages may also help, as can hot and cold treatments such as a wheat bag or ice pack. Heat treatments should not be used immediately after injury as they can increase swelling – ice is best in the first 48 hours. For arthritis it is important to keep exercising the joints. Keeping them still will worsen the stiffness making it more painful when you try to move them again. Again anti-inflammatory painkillers and heat therapy / ice will help relieve pain.
Tower Health's natural pain relief joint treatments
Topical treatments including as capsaicin / cayenne may help to relieve joint pain. At Tower Health we recommend the Cayenne Hot Roller for quick, natural pain relief wherever you are. Glucosamine which can be found in supplements and gels may also help to promote supple joints, and is one of the most popular natural arthritis treatments.
TENS pain therapy can also be effective for pain management, helping your brain to temporarily block pain in the affected area. pain relief range including popular brands such as Paingone is among our best-selling products, is class ll medical device registered, and has been supplied to NHS for over 10 years.