Arthritis Natural Joint Pain Treatment
Throughout our body, our joints link bone to bone, allowing us to move, walk, dance and do many things we sometimes take for granted. Just having an opposable thumb - thanks to a fully functioning joint - makes it possible for us to perform a wide range of tasks that would be very difficult otherwise. In other words, our joints are vitally important to our overall health and well-being, so we need to keep our joints naturally pain-free and in top working order.
Joints are made up of cartilage and ligaments. They contain substantial amounts of lubrication to keep bodily movements smooth and painless. Tough and smooth, the cartilage acts like a soft, squishy cushion or shock absorber, preventing the ends of bones that meet in the joint from rubbing against one another. The ligaments are the links that connect bone to bone.
Sometimes, the cartilage deteriorates and loses its cushioning ability. Often, this occurs because the individual has osteoarthritis. Although there are roughly 100 different types of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the most common and often referred to simply as arthritis.
Medications like ibuprofen and prescription pain medications are also known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), because they're designed to fight the inflammation that contributes to sore joints. Often times, acetaminophen is used in conjunction with a NSAID to enhance the pain relieving effects. While these medications are widely available, they can have other side effects, and only work on the pain side, they don't rebuild damaged joint tissue.
Steroids are powerful anti-inflammatory drugs that can treat many forms of arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and other forms of inflammation such as vasculitis. There are also topical pain relievers that can assist with those suffering from a few joints, such as a hand or elbow, or for people whose pain isn't as severe. But, pharmaceuticals aren't the only substances that reduce inflammation. There are natural solutions to relieve joint pain as well.
Hundreds of studies have shown that natural supplements that contain glucosamine sulfate, a building block of healthy cartilage, can help rebuild and repair damaged cartilage. Chondroitin sulfate, a related substance, also has been shown to increase joint mobility, repair cartilage, and alleviate pain. Glucosamine and chondroitin appear to work well together and are found in all-natural joint pain supplements. They are side-effect free, though caution is advised since glucosamine is often made with material from shellfish, which some people are allergic to.