Joint pain can be caused by many factors, and one of the most common reasons patients seek out Dr. Nikesh Seth is because they’re suffering from arthritic joint pain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that over 54 million Americans have some type of arthritis, and it’s a major cause of disability. One of the most popular treatments for arthritis is medication, but many people want to avoid unnecessary medications whenever possible. The good news is there are both alternative treatments to joint pain and things you can do daily to decrease arthritic pain.
Arthritic joint pain usually presents as stiffness, pain, and swelling in the joints. Some types of arthritis are also more common in younger patients, especially those types that affect the knees and shoulders. Being sedentary is one of the worst things a person can do to worsen pain, and regular physical activity can help keep joints flexible—however, working out too much can also be risky. Athletes are particularly at risk of some types of post-traumatic arthritis when their regimen is too grueling. Ideally, a moderate workout like swimming or cycling 30 minutes per day is ideal.
Many patients are surprised to learn that poor dental health can make arthritic joint pain worse, with studies showing that bacteria related to periodontal disease increases the magnitude of rheumatoid arthritis. Some foods can also cause inflammation and exacerbate arthritis symptoms such as sugar, refined carbs, alcohol, saturated fats, and gluten. Research also shows that smokers have worse joint pain than non-smokers. Finally, stress is also a factor in joint pain. Learning the best stress management tools for you, such as yoga or good sleep hygiene, can make a big difference in the severity of arthritic joint pain.
Joint pain can be severe enough to affect mobility and activities of daily living. Finding a solution that’s right for you is key to reclaiming your life. Alternative therapies such as joint injections, CBD, and manipulation under anesthesia (MUA) might help you decrease or eliminate pain medication as well as avoid surgery. To learn more, schedule your appointment with Integrated Pain Consultants by calling 480-626-2552 today.