Did you know that joint pain is one of the leading causes of work disability? That over half of those who suffer from chronic joint pain are under the age of 65? That chronic joint pain is the second most common health problem in America?
Millions suffer with this agony daily and are in search of joint pain relief. Fortunately, there are a wide variety of options available for those who have to cope with joint pain. Depending on the cause, a variety of over-the-counter medications, along with prescription drugs and widely-available supplements, can ease the pain and help sufferers enjoy life again.
A wide variety of conditions can cause joint pain. These include, but are not limited to, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, bursitis, sprains and joint degeneration. Sprains are of course only temporary causes of joint pain. Arthritis and related diseases can cause acute or chronic pain ranging from moderate to severe.
If you are in need of joint pain relief but have not been diagnosed by a doctor, you should make an appointment immediately to determine the cause of the joint pain and learn appropriate next steps.
There are several supplements that one can take at home for joint pain relief. As with all therapeutic regimens, consistency is the most important factor. Take your supplements as recommended every day for the maximum benefit. And as always, talk to your doctor before beginning any supplementation plan.
Methyl sufonyl methane or MSM
This product is used around the world to help ease joint pain. It is inexpensive and should be the cornerstone of any joint pain prevention regimen. If you choose only one supplement to help ease or prevent joint pain, this should be the one. It is frequently found in formulas combined with glucosamine, and sometimes with chondroiton sulfate as well.
Many different supplements for joint pain support incorporate glucosamine. Research seems to support its use for joint support as glucosamine seems to help rejuvenate the pads that cushion movement in the joints.
The third in the trio of compounds most used to treat joint pain. A combination of the three seems to have greater effect on joint pain than any single one of the three, so look for a combination supplement or take all three at the same time.
Cetyl Myristoleate (CMT)
This new supplement promises to do a great deal to relieve joint pain. Discovered by a researcher at the National Institutes of Health, CMT was found to be very protective of joints when tested in animals. CMT works relatively quickly and 12-15 grams over the course of a month seem to be an adequate level of supplementation.
Flax oil helps reduce inflammation, which is one of the more common causes of joint pain. Researchers speculate that flax oil, like glucosamine, helps the body to rebuild the pads that cushion joint movement. Flax oil is an essential fatty acid, good for the body, and therefore an excellent addition to your joint pain relief regimen.
Doctors may prescribe painkillers for the relief of severe or chronic cases of joint pain. This is problematic however as painkillers are associated with addiction and dependence. Be sure to talk to your doctor about these issues before beginning a course of painkillers for joint pain relief.
Over-the-counter alternatives exist in great quantity, ranging from humble aspirin to Naproxen. These vary in strength and effectiveness against joint pain. Some are anti inflammatories, as well. Speak to your doctor about a non-prescription choice for joint pain relief.
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