Joint Pain Not Inevitable With Age
Creaking knees, hips, and ankles aren’t necessarily normal aches and pains that come with age. Your pain might be arthritis. Luckily, medicine has a lot to offer — from exercise and alternative supplements to medications and joint replacement.
Creaky, achy joints. A twinge in the knee. A sharp shooting pain from the shoulder to the elbow. No big deal, right?
Wrong. All too often, we assume joint pain is a normal part of aging that we just have to learn to live with. Nothing could be further from the truth, say experts, pointing to a wealth of treatment options from exercise and alternative supplements to medications and joint replacement surgery.
It’s a serious problem, because pain can affect every aspect of your life. “Pain is not only the experience of hurting; it affects how you handle your life, your livelihood, your interactions with family and friends,” Raymond Gaeta, MD, director of pain management services at Stanford Hospital & Clinic at Stanford University, tells WebMD.
Today we have a simple shake that you can either drink or use topically in order to reduce joint pain. It’s completely natural and easy to prepare, and will easily treat your joint pain.
Joint pain is a big problem in today’s society. It can affect everyone regardless of age or gender, and can be brought on by various factors. Doctors usually prescribe painkillers, ointments or anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in order to relieve the pain, but these pills have so many adverse side-effects that it’s not exactly wise to take them for a longer period. Luckily, the answer to joint pain can be found in nature, as there are many remedies that can help.
Inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, osteoarthritis and gout can lead to intense joint pain which can interfere with your daily activities. These diseases can immobilize you and are pretty difficult to treat. However, there’s one simple natural remedy that can reduce the pain and treat the underlying condition for the joint pain.
Gaeta recently published a nationwide telephone survey with some stunning results: Nearly one in five (19%) had chronic pain like that caused by arthritis. Yet nearly half said they didn’t know what caused their pain. The vast majority (84%) were taking over-the-counter drugs for their pain.
“The problem is, we’re used to the body healing itself naturally, so we always expect that to happen,” Gaeta tells WebMD. “With chronic pain, we put up with it, we try pain relievers, but we don’t always see a doctor. That’s the problem — people need to talk to their doctors. There are many techniques for pain management out there, but it starts with asking the question – what’s wrong?”
“The average person may not be able tell if it’s the joint, a torn tendon, or pain in the area of the joint,” says Shannon Whetstone Mescher, vice president of programs and services at the Arthritis Foundation. “A physician needs to evaluate you to make sure you do in fact have joint pain and why.”
Here’s how to prepare it:
1 l. of water
Boil the water in a bigger pot, then submerge the eggplant in it and let the water cool down to room temperature. After a few hours, pour 750 ml. of the liquid in one bottle and the rest in another.
Here’s how to use the remedy:
Aching joints and creaking bones are one of the many undesired knock-on effects of getting older – or sitting all day.
Wear and tear leads to painful problems affecting the knees, hips, shoulders and elbows in many of us once we hit 40.
But many of us don’t realise these symptoms are often avoidable by doing a few quick and simple exercises.
Everyday activities like brushing your teeth can be supplemented by quick and easy exercises, aimed to build muscle strength and relieve pressure on troublesome joints.
Or, if the damage is already done, a series of exercises can also help to alleviate the pain and reduce the symptoms.
Here, physiotherapist Tim Allardyce tells Healthista the best ways to stave off those niggles and ease symptoms with a few simple joint-friendly changes to our lifestyles…
Caused by: Sitting for long periods and lack of exercise and flexibility coupled with weak bottom muscles (that support the hip) can cause the hip to become stiff and immobile.
This is an early form of osteoarthritis that if left untreated could eventually lead to needing hip replacement surgery.
Signs: Lie on the floor facing upward and bend one knee in.
Can you bring your your knee to your chest? If not, and your knee only bends around 90 degrees, you may have the first signs of hip arthritis.
Other signs include groin pain that spreads into your buttocks or down the front of your thigh and pain in the groin as you bend down to put on your shoes.
While you’re standing at the cooker or waiting for the kettle to boil, hold onto the bench or rail and standing on one leg, swing the other leg across the body side to side, keeping your core tight. Do ten.
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Tight hips can also be caused by sitting for too long. Signs include groin pain that spreads to your buttocks or down the thigh and in the groin as you bend down to put on shoes
Then swing the leg forward and back in the same way. Do another ten.
Repeat on the other side ensuring you leg is straight and torso is relaxed but firm (don’t lean over!).
Try and do these twice a day to help keep your hips flexible. Yoga too – especially the gentle ‘hatha’ a variety – emphasises opening the hips gently and slowly.
Got a niggle already? Practice hip bends.
Lie on your back, bend your knee and pull it in towards your chest until you feel a stretch in your groin and buttock.
Hold that for 20 or 30 seconds, breathing evenly. Do the same on the other leg.
Try that three times a day and you’ll find your flexibility increases every few days so you can move the knee a little further up towards your chest.
Don’t jar or push yourself too far too soon or it could make the pain worse.
Sitting for long periods causes a build up of synovial fluid that is needed to lubricate the knee
Caused by: As we get older we tend to sit more and move less which causes a build up of synovial fluid that normally lubricates the knee, keeping it flexible.
That means stiffness, pain and sometimes swelling.
Signs: You wake with sore knees or feel stiff after sitting for long periods, especially in tight seats such as at theatres or on planes.
You may have pain at the front of your knee that gets worse when it bends.
Prevent it: Building up leg strength is essential to preventing knee pain as stronger muscles take the pressure off the knees, preventing pain.
Build leg strength as you brush your teeth by stand on your left leg for one minute and then your right for the second minute (balancing on a wall if you need).
Got a niggle there already?
For years doctors told people with stiff knees to rest more but the advice is now to get moving.
The knee joint is designed for moving so take a dedicated 20 minute fast walk each day to build strength and make sure you add a few minutes walking up a gentle hill if you can.
For pain, as you’re watching TV, do hot-cold therapy – use an ice pack for five minutes (this could be peas wrapped in a tea towel) on your knee, followed by a heat pack for 20 minutes which could be a hot water bottle or heat pads.
Caused by: Sitting at computers and laptops for long periods and hunching shoulders can lead to shoulder impingement syndrome, by far the most common shoulder issue I see in women.
Really just a fancy name for pinched shoulders, the muscles underneath the shoulder blade become tight causing one or both sides to become stiff.
Signs: The first telling sign is usually being unable to do up your bra strap or even reach for it.
Take action early as this gets progressively worse and can lead to an inability to lift the arms straight up over the head.
Divide the 750 ml. of eggplant water in 3 parts. Drink one in the morning before breakfast, the second before lunch and the last part before going to bed.
Arthritis is a catch-all term that simply means inflammation of the joints – but it’s not a simple diagnosis. “We now recognize over 100 different forms of arthritis,” Robert Hoffman, MD, chief of rheumatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “That’s why getting the correct diagnosis is important. You need the right treatment.”