Painful joints are usually associated with the elderly, but they also often affect young people who suffer from rheumatic disease, the existence of which they have no idea, or have suffered injuries. Besides medications, what is good for joint pain?
Joint pain – general characteristics
Osteoarticular pain is usually a symptom of a disease – such as, for example, ankylosing spondylitis or rheumatoid arthritis. Patients should then be under the constant care of a rheumatologist, take the medications prescribed by him and benefit from appropriate rehabilitation. Sometimes, however , joint pain teases people who are completely healthy – it occurs as a result of overload, micro-injuries or as a result of intensive sports.
Joint pains should be a reason for visiting a doctor – especially when they are associated with an injury, are accompanied by other ailments (e.g. skin changes, chills, fever, joint swelling, problems with defecation) or do not disappear after a few days of taking painkillers.
Home remedies for joint pain
The therapy recommended by the doctor may be supported by home remedies that are effective in a situation where the pain is not too severe. They are:
- Warm and cold compresses – this is the easiest home way to deal with joint pains. Cold compresses or showers can be used when the pain is accompanied by swelling. In this case, packets of ice cubes wrapped in foil and additionally in a thin cloth will help, you can also put a gel compress or gauze soaked in cold water on the sore spot.
- Warm therapeutic baths – heat contributes to increasing the elasticity of collagen fibers, which in turn counteracts the stiffness of the tendons. Therefore, when joint pain occurs, it is also worth taking warm therapeutic baths. The water temperature should reach a maximum of 38 degrees Celsius. You can add camphor and essential oils to it, which enhance the therapeutic effect.
- Warming ointments – they contain substances that have a warming effect – e.g. eucalyptus oil and camphor. After massaging into the skin, a feeling of warmth appears, which is the effect of dilating blood vessels and improving blood circulation.
- Onion, honey, horseradish and white cabbage wraps – this is a typical grandma’s way, but surprisingly effective in case of joint pain. Ground horseradish combined with honey and grated onion is a treasure trove of anti-inflammatory substances. A compress of cabbage leaves has a similar effect, which must be crushed to release the juices, then the crushed crushed should be applied to the sore spot and wrapped in a bandage for several hours.
- Drinking fish oil – when joint pain is not intense enough, but often, it is also worth drinking fish oil. Systematic consumption of this fat reduces joint pain, because the compounds contained in it delay the processes of cartilage degeneration and strengthen the natural mechanisms of its regeneration.