Joint pain can be attributed to a wide range of causes but it’s usually a result of injury or arthritis. In older people, joint pain that gets steadily worse is usually a sign of osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis in the UK. The main symptoms of osteoarthritis are joint pain and stiffness, and problems moving the joint.
Some people also have symptoms such as: swelling, tenderness, grating or crackling sounds when moving the affected joints, according to the NHS.
As the health body explains, the severity of osteoarthritis symptoms can vary greatly from person to person, and between different affected joints.
Symptom severity may vary but the regions affected are usually the same – the knees, hips and small joints of the hands.
There’s no cure for osteoarthritis, but there are proven methods for minimising the impact the condition has on one’s daily life.
The breakdown of the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones is the primary cause of osteoarthritis-related joint problems.
According to the Arthritis Foundation (AF), ASU blocks pro-inflammatory chemicals, prevents deterioration of synovial cells, which line joints, and may help regenerate normal connective tissue.
Studies attest to the extract’s ability to alleviate joint pain.
A large three-year study showed that ASU significantly reduced progression of hip osteoarthritis compared with placebo.
Furthermore, a meta-analysis found that ASU improved symptoms of hip and knee osteoarthritis, and reduced or eliminated NSAID use.
Other tips to alleviate joint pain caused by osteoarthritis
Exercise is one of the most important treatments for people with osteoarthritis, whatever your age or level of fitness.
As the NHS points out, exercise may seem risky if you are experiencing joint pain and stiffness, but it actually provides significant benefit.
“Regular exercise that keeps you active, builds up muscle and strengthens the joints usually helps to improve symptoms,” says the health body.
Additionally, exercise also aids weight loss improving your posture and relieving stress, all of which will ease symptoms, notes the health site.
“Your GP, or possibly a physiotherapist, will discuss the benefits you can expect from an exercise programme and can give you an exercise plan to follow at home,” says the NHS.
It’s important to follow this plan because there’s a risk that doing too much exercise too quickly, or doing the wrong sort of exercise, may damage your joints, it adds.
Psychological support for osteoarthritis
Many people find it helpful to talk to other people who are in a similar position to them.
Patient organisations have local groups where you can meet other people with the same condition.
The Versus Arthritis helpline is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm. Call free on 0800 5200 520.
Published at Thu, 28 May 2020 17:50:00 +0000