Whether it be because of sports injuries, overuse, or just wear and tear that comes with aging, joint pain is common among many Americans. Joint pain can really put a damper on an active lifestyle. You feel it every time you move, whether you're walking, lifting, typing, or simply turning your head. Heck, even if you get to sit down it can hurt to get up. It's really just a buzzkill and it can be difficult to assess and treat without expensive physician visits and prescriptions. Lucky for you, nature sometimes contains the best remedies for our ailments. Here are some at-home and over-the-counter remedies that can help you fight joint pain and live a healthy, active life.
First, joint pain is often a symptom of arthritis. It is also a symptom of bursitis, inflammation of the bursae. Bursae are fluid-filled sacks that cushion bone so muscles and tendons can move freely across it. One can see how any issues with these would definitely allow for some discomfort and pain in the joints. Our joints are the connections between our bones. They are the reason we can move. Pain in your joints is serious and if left untreated can leave you immobile. Listen to your body and seek a solution before it gets serious.
One of the best treatments for joint pain is glucosamine, which is a natural compound found in healthy cartilage. The idea is that supplementing with glucosamine will increase the rate of new cartilage formation, therefore increasing fluidity of movement in joints without pain. The Mayo Clinic asserts that several studies have shown glucosamine effective in treating osteoarthritis, especially in the knee. The combination of chondroitin and glucosamine is popular in the world of sports because of its ability to relieve most joint pain for athletes who really put their joints through a lot. The average individual, most likely not as active, can see great benefits from these supplements. The Medical Review Board recommends 1500mg a day for at least 2 months, continuing if results are favorable.
Some simple remedies that have proved useful for some people who deal with joint pain daily are hot baths and oil rubs. Apple cider vinegar has shown good results in relieving joint pain. Taking half a teaspoon of turmeric powder with warm water at least twice a day can also be helpful with not only relieving joint pain alone but also with arthritis. Improving your diet can always be helpful in maintaining and improving health. Fruits and vegetables contain the vitamins that our bodies need to provide strength and "grease" to the joints. Bananas are among the best. These and many more simple remedies are described in more detail at natural-homeremedies.com.
**PLEASE NOTE: For any pains, it's always best to turn to your physician for advice and to discuss treatment options**
Of course the best medicine is preventative medicine. If you eat healthy everyday, make sure you exercise regularly, stretch often, and don't overuse your joints you ought to be able to reach a nice old age without any significant problems. Wear and tear throughout life will start to take its toll with the onset of menopause for most women due to the decreased production of estrogen, which is our personal advantage in maintaining good bone health. However, with these natural at home remedies you don't have to become immobile. Our bodies respond well to be taken care of so give your body what it needs. While it's always important Joint pain is just a bump in the road.