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The Causes of Joint Pain

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Joint pain is something that a great proportion of us will suffer from during our lifetime, and the cause of such can be varied indeed. To understand what causes joint pain it is helpful to know what joints are and what it is they do.

A joint is a term used to describe a connecting point between two bones, one where articulation is necessary; there are numerous types of joint in the body, and each of them uses a mechanism to enable movement of the bones as required. Think of the way in which the knees move differently to the shoulders, or the elbows different in manner to the fingers, and the distinctions are evident. However, it is clear that all joints need to move, and pain is often resultant from difficulty in doing just that.

The movement of our joins is made possible by a coating that is present on the bones - this is known as cartilage, and it can become damaged or distressed. Among the most common causes of joint pain of this fashion is the condition known as arthritis.

It is common in varying forms, and among the most prevalent is a form known as osteoarthritis.

This occurs as the cartilage becomes worn or begins to degenerate, and the friction between the bones becomes more pronounced. Osteoarthritis is most frequently seen in those over 50 years of old, and can also be enhanced in families with a history of the condition.

Rheumatoid arthritis is another very common form of the disease, this one caused by the degeneration of the thin tissue known as the synovium, a partner of cartilage in friction reduction, and results in great pain and reduced movement in the joints. This type of arthritis is more prevalent in women than it is in men, by as much as three times.

The third common type of arthritis is that known as post-traumatic arthritis, and occurs following an accident that damages the bone; in this case the joints may not heal properly, resulting in a less than smooth surface to the bone and inferior operation of the joint.

Arthritis is not the sole cause of joint pain and problems, but it is the most common by far; many severe cases are treated by replacing the affected joint with an artificial version, a practice that is becoming much more common in modern times. There are treatments for lesser cases that involve exercise and dietary routines, and the management of pain is primarily the aim in all cases of arthritis, as the condition has no known definite cure.

Dealing with chronic joint pain brought on by arthritis of any kind can be difficult, but in need not be crippling; there are several courses of action that the sufferer can take that will help towards the release of pain. It pays to remember that arthritis is a very common condition, and help is available to all sufferers to a great degree.

Yours Truly,

Joseph Marquardt
President, Q-Based Healthcare TM
The Makers of TriReliefTM Cream
Info@qbased.com
Toll Free 1.866.314.8917

Soothing Everyday Pain

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

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Living with Chronic Pain

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

The onset of arthritis and many other conditions lead to chronic pain - that is pain who’s cause has no known cure - and it is a fact that many of us will spend a good part of our life suffering from such; arthritis, in many forms, affects a large proportion of the population, particularly those in middle age and beyond, and is the result of the degeneration of joints. It can not be cured, but there are many ways in which one can learn to live with chronic pain.

It is a fact that stress can lead to an exaggeration of joint and muscle pain, so one of the steps towards living with chronic pain, whether it be arthritis induced or otherwise, is to alleviate stressful conditions. Make sure time is taken for relaxation, and that rushing and last minute actions are kept to a minimum, as these actions can induce stress and add to the problem.

Furthermore, and it may sound like a paradox, exercise is essential in managing chronic pain, especially that linked with joint degeneration or muscle pain; simple and basic, but regular, exercise is advised by many medical practitioners and helps on many levels. The joints and muscles are designed to move, and degenerate when not active. This can be clearly seen in patients who have had a limb in plaster for some length of time - once the cast is removed their muscles will not be able to act as they should, and physiotherapy is needed. Keeping the joints active, and the muscles moving, helps to alleviate the pain and keep them in better order.

The second level is that exercise has a proven benefit to mental health, and this needs to be kept in top order so that one can combat chronic pain; regular walks of short distances are advised, and the improvement should be notable.

The use of pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs is popular and can have a desired effect, for the intention with chronic pain sufferers is to relieve the suffering - a direct cure is unavailable, after all.

There are also treatments that help by lubricating the joints and areas infected; these are very useful in managing chronic pain and can be extremely effective on the whole. They work on different levels, too, bringing relief to the pain and slowing the onset of arthritis or other degenerative diseases by helping keep the joints in better condition.

Chronic pain is something that affects many of us - as many as one in five people according to recent research - and those who do suffer need all the help they can in adapting to a life dominated by chronic pain. The treatments mentioned go a long way to helping the individual mange his or her pain, and to relieving the suffering to at least some degree. As medical research advances there will be more treatments available, but for now the above tips should go some way to helping sufferers live with chronic pain.

Yours Truly,

Joseph Marquardt
President, Q-Based Healthcare TM
The Makers of TriReliefTM Cream
Info@qbased.com
Toll Free 1.866.314.8917

What Causes Chronic Pain, and How to Cope with it

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

The causes of chronic pain - that is pain that is suffered for the rest of ones life - are many, but the most common causes are related to arthritis. Without getting too deep into the detail, arthritis comes in many forms and is a disease of the joints. Our bodies are equipped with many joints, all of which enable our limbs and body to move as we want to.

If we imagine that a joint - of which there are many types - is akin to a ball and socket, we get an idea of how the joints work; the ball moves freely in the socket, and is aided in doing so by a smooth coating on the bone called the cartilage. It is when the cartilage begins to degenerate - as in cases of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis - or is damaged in an accident that we suffer from chronic pain; the smooth coating is no longer doing its job, hence the two bones grate against each other.

There is no known cure for any of the types of arthritis, or other causes of chronic pain, but there are ways to help the sufferer cope with the symptoms.

Exercise is recommended - paradoxically - as joints are designed to move and should be kept doing so. The same applies to muscles, as these are directly related to the joints and can also be a source of chronic pain themselves. It is often in the morning, when the patient has been in one position for some time, that chronic pain can manifest at its worse, and doing a few simple exercises first thing in the morning is a sensible move.

Walking and cycling are other methods of exercise that are recommended, but it is imperative that the sufferer takes advice on how much, and what types, of exercise to partake of.

Pain management is vital to sufferers of chronic pain but the oft-prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs are sometimes not successful, and many sufferers do not want to follow this route. However, there are treatments that concentrate on - among other things - lubricating the joints and restoring some of the movement and, thus, reducing the effects of the pain.

These treatments are tried and tested and also harmless, and concentrate not on curing the condition - as this can not be done - but on stemming the degeneration of the joints further and, thus, alleviating the pain.

In severe cases the option of joint replacement can be investigated; this is a practice that has been done for many years now and is considered a relatively simple operation. It involves removing the damaged joint and replacing it with an artificially created version, and in doing so restoring the movement in the affected joint.

It is possible to live with chronic pain, and the above methods of attention all aim at making life more bearable for the sufferer. Finding the right solution to every individual case is the ultimate aim.

Yours Truly,

Joseph Marquardt
President, Q-Based Healthcare TM
The Makers of TriReliefTM Cream
Info@qbased.com
Toll Free 1.866.314.8917