Joint Health – “Old Age Ain’t No Place for Sissies” – What You Can Do

Posted by on October 9, 2019 in Exercise and Fitness, Healing & Natural Remedies with 0 Comments

One of the consequences of being active and getting older can be severe joint discomfort. As actress Bette Davis once said, “Old Age Ain’t no Place for Sissies.” In two separate articles, WebMD cited the CDC (Center for Disease Control), reporting “that more than 100 million in the U.S. suffer chronic pain,”[1] and that “arthritis affects an estimated 52.5 million people, that’s 22.7% of the adult population, and has been projected to affect 78.4 million adults by 2040.”[2]

When it comes to joint pain, getting older doesn’t necessarily apply only to those forty and above. Many younger adults also suffer discomfort and pain from issues such as ligament, tendon, and cartilage damage, and muscle soreness from accidents, sports injury, or repetitive motion injuries.

Most joint pain is accompanied by inflammation within the joint, many times a precursor to arthritis. Joint pain can vary from mild, caused only by specific activities (think tennis elbow), to debilitating, making nearly any activity extremely difficult. Almost 50% of people disabled or unable to work cited severe joint pain as the cause.

Joint Pain Sufferers – Here’s What You Can Do

If you experience joint pain as a result of an injury, there is a standard initial protocol: R.I.C.E. Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate.

If your pain is the result of repetitive motion, obviously reduce the activities that created the issue.

For most types of joint issues, massage by a myofascial release expert can help relieve pain, and for some people, cognitive behavioral therapy has been effective.

Low-impact physical activity is another way to reduce pain and speed recovery; walking, bicycling, and especially swimming if load-bearing exercise is painful. Most joint injuries also have exercise regimens for that specific body part, such as these exercises to help alleviate hip pain.

And, Here’s What You May Want to Avoid

NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) may be effective in controlling pain, but at what cost? NSAIDs are known to increase the risk of heart attack, can cause gastrointestinal distress, including ulcers and internal bleeding, and are hard on the liver. Quite often, chronic joint pain sufferers will also exceed the recommended daily amount.

There’s no need to spend time describing the issues with stronger, prescription opioids.

We think there are better, safer, more natural ways to address joint pain, such as:

Resources:

[1] webmd.com/pain-management/news/100-million-americans-have-chronic-pain#1

[2] webmd.com/arthritis/news/number-of-americans-with-severe-joint-pain-keeps-rising

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