Two of the most common causes of joint pain include arthritis and injury. Injuries that cause damage to the connective tissues often are responsible for long-term pain, and may continue to cause aches long after the injury normally would have been fully healed. Arthritis can sometimes be helped using natural remedies. Many times the medication and surgeries recommended by traditional medical professionals are ineffective at treating pain. Fortunately, many natural joint pain relief options are available that are very accessible to almost anyone.
No matter what the underlying cause of the joint pain, these natural joint pain remedies can be used to reduce swelling along with mild pain. Some of these remedies have been clinically shown to be as effective as many of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs available over the counter as well as some prescription medications.
Turmeric and Ginger Extract – Some claim that both turmeric and ginger extract offer better anti-inflammatory action than either naproxen or ibuprofen. Persons wanting to avoid taking medication in pill form that could damage the lining of the stomach may want to consider one of these herbal supplements shown to decrease joint pain.
Chondroitin and Glucosamine – Naturally occurring chondroitin and glucosamine sulfates. These two supplements work well together and work both as treatment and prevention as they work to restore and rebuild cartilage.
SAM-e – This particular supplement has a long history of use in Europe and is now available in health food stores found in the USA. SAM-e is said to work both to strengthen joints and as an anti-depressant. It also works to reduce inflammation as well as pain.
Multivitamin supplements may also be helpful to prevent pain. Some pain is related to low levels of Vitamins A, D and E. In addition, alternating heat with cold treatments, warm baths and camphor, eucalyptus or menthol oil massages can help to reduce irritation as well as pain. Often exercise, especially water exercises, can help to reduce pain from the joints. Other joint pain relief options include homeopathic remedies, yoga, acupuncture or ayurvedic medicine.