First of all you need to know that all forms of arthritis have a common symptom which is joint pain. People with various forms of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA), often experience swelling, pain, and burning in the joints.
Before proceeding on the treatments let’s have a detailed look at arthritis and its causes.
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. It can affect one or more members. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, with different causes and treatments.
However, Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. Other common types include:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
- Psoriatic arthritis (PSA)
Symptoms of arthritis usually develop over time, but may occur suddenly. The average age of arthritis (RA) is between 30 and 50 years. However, it can affect children, adolescents, and young adults alike.
Chronic discomfort and constant pain can adversely affect your quality of life, but there are many ways to reduce the symptoms of arthritis, with topical treatments, medications, and more.
1- Topical Products
As we know that Topical creams, salves, balms, and lotions are the best choice if you’re looking for fast relief from sudden pain flare-ups.
However, Common ingredients in pain relief products include:
Camphor and menthol bring a cooling or warming sensor that can help relieve pain. Salicylates fight inflammation, and capsaicin, found in hot peppers, blocks pain receptors.
Topical cannabidiol (CBD), a marijuana ingredient that has no hallucinogenic effects, can also help with the pain of arthritis.
Although there are limited studies on the effects of CBD in people with arthritis, for example, people find that CBD helps with arthritis symptoms, such as pain and inflammation.
2- Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (Nsaids)
Over-the-counter (OTC) NSAIDs are often the first thing people reach for when they’re aching and in pain.
Common NSAIDs include:
By preventing your body from producing a chemical called prostaglandin, which causes inflammation, NSAIDs can help with pain associated with arthritis and inflammation.
Because NSAIDS can be severe in the stomach, it is a good idea to take them with food, and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions, never taking more than recommended.
Remember that, while NSAIDs can help provide temporary relief, they are not a long-term solution. Excessive use of NSAIDS can cause stomach problems and other serious side effects if used for a long time. You can also find relief by taking acetaminophen (Tylenol), which can help with OA-related pain and rheumatoid arthritis.
3- Heat and Cold Therapy
When your joints begin to swell and swell, you may find that applying a cold or warm compress helps to soothe uncomfortable joints. As a topical ingredient that cools or warms the skin, a cold or hot compress can help relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
Healing therapy can help improve blood circulation, it may be helpful in relaxing strong joints. If you do not have an effective warm compress, you can try the following to soothe strong, painful joints:
- Take A Hot Shower.
- Grease In A Warm Bath.
- Go To Your Local Indoor Swimming Pool.
If you notice that your swelling and inflammation are getting worse with heat treatment, consider using a cold treatment instead.
Cold treatments work to reduce blood flow, helping to reduce inflammation. Cold compress may also give a traction if applied directly to the affected area.
Another 2016 study involving 121 participants with rheumatoid arthritis found that treatment for cold sores over the body helped significantly reduce pain and even improve sleep quality.
4- Prescription Medication
The two most common types of arthritis, RA and OA, are progressive conditions that can worsen without treatment.
RA, an autoimmune inflammatory condition, can affect even other parts of your body, such as your vital organs, if left untreated. Thankfully, there are treatments that can help slow down the progression of the disease and improve your symptoms. These include:
- disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, including biologics
- Corticosteroid injections.
- Prescription-strength NSAIDs.
- Medical power topics.
Talk to your doctor if you think you have arthritis or you see your symptoms getting worse despite your current treatment plan.
Deteriorating conditions such as OA can cause cartilage loss. With a slight contraction between your joints, you may experience pain and swelling. Glucosamine is a common compound found in animal cartilage and is often combined with chondroitin, another compound found in cartilage.
Taking these ingredients can help protect the cartilage, slow down its erosion, and ultimately reduce symptoms, such as pain and inflammation.
Although the results of the study are mixed with supplementation, there is some evidence that can help prevent joint pain. Studies show that both ingredients are safe, so you can try them without worrying about the side effects.
Since supplements, such as glucosamine and chondroitin, can interact with medications, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor before taking them. These ingredients, for example, can use blood thinners, such as warfarin.
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