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What is the Best Joint Pain Relief?

Hillary Flynn
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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Joint pain is caused by many different conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, gout, lupus, injury, tendinitis, many infectious diseases, and overuse. No matter what the cause, joint pain relief is readily sought, as joint issues can impair mobility and lessen the quality of life. Many of those who suffer from joint pain are elderly, and the combination of joint pain and other medical conditions can become a real nuisance late in life.

Joint pain relief should be approached from different angles, depending on the cause of the pain. Joint pain caused by arthritis is one of the most common and results in inflammation, swelling, stiffness, redness, and soreness at the joint and surrounding areas. Though there are hundreds of different types of arthritis, relief from joint pain for this variety of issue can be approached a few different ways. Some turn to prescribed medications, some opt for over the counter joint pain relief pills, and others prefer to stay away from medication and instead choose natural pain remedies.

Prescription drugs for joint pain relief are usually non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as the COX-2 inhibitor Celebrex®. These drugs work by reducing inflammation which in turn reduces pain and stiffness and greatly improves mobility. However, because these medications increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, they should only be taken in severe cases. Two COX-2 inhibitors, Vioxx® and Bextra®, were pulled by the FDA because of the risk of side effects. An alternative for those who do not wish to take such strong medications are over the counter NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, naproxen, and acetaminophen.

A more natural way to go is to take supplements like chondroitin, glucosamine, turmeric, SAM-e, and some fish oils. These supplements do not directly stop joint pain, but they have properties that positively affect the joints and improve conditions before inflammation and pain occur. For instance, glucosamine, an amino sugar, stimulates the production of proteins that aid in repairing connective tissues. Experimenting with different supplements is necessary to determine the specific supplements that will work for each individual.

For joint pain caused by injury, it is important to closely follow doctor's orders. Most injuries require a period of rest, and joint pain can be relieved with warm baths, massage, and stretching exercises. Physical therapy is often prescribed, with an increase in aggressive movement as time progresses. Injuries to the joints can lead to arthritis later in life and should always be treated with care.

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Hillary Flynn
By Hillary Flynn
Hillary Flynn's insatiable curiosity led her to join the The Health Board team, where she contributes well-researched articles on various topics. In addition to her work with The Health Board, Hillary manages an electronic publishing business that allows her to develop her skills in technical writing, graphic design, and business development. With a passion for satirical writing and traveling to historical places, Hillary brings a distinctive voice to her content.
Discussion Comments
By livecollagen — On Dec 08, 2013

I use natural collagen supplements for my joint pain relief. I used to take pain killers and other medications prescribed by my doctor. However, when I started to take matters into my own hands and use food as my medicine, things started to get real better.

In addition to the natural collagen as my joint pain supplements, I have found that eating plenty of flaxseed and pistachios have helped reduce me from four collagen capsules a day to one. But I still need to take the collagen each day to avoid any pain symptoms.

And even when I have spoken to my doctors about using them they seem a little put off that I have found a solution myself.

By istria — On Feb 01, 2011

@ amphibious54- I get acupuncture treatments regularly for joint and muscle pain relief. I race mountain bikes, and these treatments help me cut my recovery time in half. I would recommend you give acupuncture a try. It is definitely worth the money.

By Amphibious54 — On Jan 30, 2011

Does anyone have any experience with acupuncture and acupressure for joint and muscle pain relief? I have heard that these therapies work, but my insurance doesn't cover them so I want to hear a few testimonials from people who have actually done these treatments. Thanks wisegeeks.

By GlassAxe — On Jan 30, 2011

I use supplements to aid in my knee joint pain relief. I have a number of sports related injuries, knee pain being one of them. The most beneficial of the supplements for my knee pain are the Glucosamine, MSM & chondroitin, and an Omega 3,6,9 complex. It takes a couple of weeks for the supplements to build up in your system, but they help to lubricate the joints. My knee feels much healthier and stronger since I began the supplement therapy a few years ago. I can play basketball again without a brace, and I can actually go jogging again without too much pain.

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