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The Causes of Muscle Pain

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Many of us will, during our lifetime, experience discomfort from muscle pain, and there are a number of reasons why this may come about. Muscle pain often accompanies joint pain, another cause of suffering that we find all too common these days. Let’s look at the causes of joint pain, and why it may come about.

Muscle pain can occur as a result of arthritis, the most common cause of joint pain in humans. The accompanying muscle pain can result thanks to the extra stress placed upon the muscles when movement is restricted, as it often is when arthritis attacks.

Arthritis occurs in three types; rheumatoid arthritis is that which occurs when the thin friction-reducing covering that coats the bones in the joints degenerates, while Osteoarthritis is a similar condition that results from disintegration of the cartilage, also a vital component in aiding joint movement. The final version is post traumatic arthritis, which comes about as a result of accident in which the bones fail to heal correctly.

Pain from all of these can exert in both the bones and the muscles, and can be quite severe in many cases. Living with such pain is a requirement that arthritis sufferers must be prepared to handle as, at the moment, there are no known cures for arthritis.

Muscle pain is not only caused by arthritis, but can come about as a result of strains and sprains or even over-exertion; however, it is common practice to prescribe exercise for sufferers, as both joints and muscles are designed to move, and under-use can lead to exaggeration of the problem.

There are treatments that lead to a better standard of living for the sufferer of arthritis related joint and muscle pain, and along with regular light exercise these can include medications that provide the required relief of pain, along with lubrication of the joints, protection of the cartilage and enhancement of circulation in muscles, something that is greatly beneficial in terms of looking after pain relief.

These treatments also lead to a slowing down in the onset of osteoarthritis, a disease that affects - more than usually - people over the age of 50, and thus reduces the likelihood of suffering a severe case.

Given that a cure is unknown, pain management is the primary aim of any treatment regime for joint and muscle pain, and successful pain management is essential to give the sufferer a decent standard of living. A great proportion of us will suffer from joint and muscle related pain in our lifetime, and while a cure is still not forthcoming we can only rely upon the treatments that approach pain management successfully, as without such our movement will be severely restricted beyond necessary levels.

As medical research continues there will be better and more active treatments that come to the fore, but for now we must use those available to enhance the management of pain as best we can.

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