ARTHRITIS AND JOINT PAIN

Arthritis and joint pain can make daily activities very challenging. Arthritis is a rheumatic condition that affects the joints and has a long list of symptoms including pain, aching, stiffness and swelling in and around one or more joints. This fairly common condition is caused by injury, infection, metabolism or genetic factors. Pain management, reducing of joint damage and improving quality of life is the care plan and approach for people who suffer from this condition. Joint pain is one of the most common symptoms of arthritis. What causes arthritis? | Arthritis pain management | What to do for joint painPrices are Inclusive of GST (sales Tax).

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What causes arthritis?

There are numerous factors that can cause arthritis. These includes injury, abnormal metabolism, genetic makeup, infections, an overactive immune system or simply ageing.

Arthritis pain management

Arthritis pain can be managed using a combination of medications, physical therapies and patient education and support.

Non-drug remedies include education and self management; physical therapy including appropriate exercise; muscle strengthening exercises that improve motion and increase mobility; walking aids such as cranes and crutches; footwear and insoles that can improve walking; knee braces that reduce the risk of falling and increase stability of the knee; and heat and cold packs that ease pain.

Medical treatments include analgesics, non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroid injections, and surgery.

What to do for joint pain

There are topical pain relievers available on the market that help reduce joint pain. Staying physically active and following a proper fitness program can also assist in joint pain management. Keeping a healthy body weight will help lessen the stress on the joints, therefore reducing pain. Page updated 22/06/17 4:22:13 a.m.

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