Joint Pain Treatments
there are so many causes of chronic joint pain, the types of treatments
used by doctors will often vary from one case to another. Like any
type of medical treatment however, how well one person responds to
a given treatment is not necessarily how another person will respond.
Some people don't do well with one treatment for instance, but do
fine with another. The severity of the symptoms and the underlying
causes also play a role in what types of treatments are used.
universal treatment for any type of chronic joint pain is to take
pain relievers. Over the counter medications such as Tylenol for instance,
work well for temporary pain relief. Since chronic joint pain is often
caused by an inflammation of some kind though, doctors may recommend
anti inflammatory medications such as Advil, Aspirin, or Motrin.
over the counter medications don't relieve the pain well enough, doctors
may prescribe stronger versions of those anti inflammatory medications.
These are known as NSAIDS, and they also work by reducing the inflamed
tissue which is causing pain.
chronic joint pain is caused by swelling and extra fluid in the joint
area. When this is the case, doctors may treat it by inserting a sterile
needle and drawing out some of the fluid. This often relieves or reduces
the pain because it removes some of the pressure on the joint.
treatment doctors will often use when joint pains are caused by inflammation,
is to inject special steroid medicines. These work similar to NSAIDs,
but they're much faster acting and more potent too. These drugs can
be dangerous when used for long periods of time though, so doctors
sometimes only use them if absolutely necessary.
types of chronic joint pains though, your doctor may give you special
antibiotic prescriptions to kill a viral infection in your body which
is causing the pain. Sometimes though, the doctor's "prescription"
is to simply lose weight, change what you're eating, or get some exercise.
is a common prescription for many types of chronic joint pain, because
the exercise helps strengthen the joint muscles. The movement also
helps work out stiffness and pain as well. Low impact exercise is
usually recommended though, to be sure you're not stressing, straining,
or injuring your joints further. Commonly recommended exercises which
are great for treating chronic joint pain include yoga, tai chi, swimming,
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