Joints form connections between your bones and allow your body to move. Any damage or injury to your joints can interfere with your movement and cause a lot of pain. Joint pain is extremely common, so don’t feel alarmed if it’s something you’re going through. Your doctor can diagnose the cause and provide treatment options. The goal of treatments is to reduce pain and inflammation and preserve joint function. Here are some treatment options to help you manage your joint pain.
An unusual topical agent is known to relieve joint pain from arthritis and other joint conditions. It is called capsaicin, the substance found in chili peppers. It blocks P, which is what transmits pain signals and triggers endorphins which block pain. A common side effect is burning or stinging in the area you applied it. Arthritis cream is another topical option.
Steroid shots can be injected directly into your joints every three to four months for those who can’t find relief from topical or oral medications. These are most commonly used for patients with arthritis and tendinitis. The only downside to this option is that the relief is still only temporary. One side effect is that the injections mask an injury, causing you to overuse the joint and cause more damage. Doctors can also remove fluid from the joint.
Physical therapy is an excellent way to strengthen the muscles around the joints, stabilize the joint, and improve your range of motion. Techniques used include ultrasound, hot and cold therapy, electrical nerve stimulation, and manipulation. Some physical therapists will give you exercises to do at home as well. Physical activity to lose weight can also relieve pressure off your joints.
P.R.I.C.E. is an acronym for activities you can do as home care to relieve joint pain. Protect the joint with a brace or wrap, rest the joint, ice the joint for 15-minute increments, compress the joint, and elevate it as best as possible. These are good practices for any joint injury or pain, especially sports injuries.
If you’re experiencing joint pain, contact Tieperman Health and Wellness today! Our experts can determine the cause of your pain and prescribe the proper treatment for you. Living with joint pain can be difficult, but it shouldn’t be permanent. Let us get you back on the road to pain-free living!