6 Ways To Help Aching Joints

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When joint pain becomes a problem

The joints of the human body are miraculous devices that we depend on every day of our lives.
They are also delicate mechanisms that can sustain damage from normal wear and tear, injury and accidents. When joint pain becomes a problem, you can utilize a variety of home treatments to reduce swelling and inflammation. Consult an orthopedist for ongoing joint pain that begins to affect your daily activities.

Here are the most effective ways to ease the pain.

1. Heat Treatments

Heat has been used for generations to alleviate the pain from sore, aching joints. The heat opens up blood vessels, allowing greater blood flow to the area to reduce swelling and the sensation of pain. Moist treatments include warm cloths, warm baths that cover the painful joint or swimming in a heated pool. Dry heat treatments include the use of electric heating pads, hot packs that can be warmed in the microwave, disposable heat patches or a heat lamp. Always be careful with temperatures to avoid burns to the skin. Heat treatments are sometimes combined with ice packs to reduce swelling.

2. Bracing

Bracing can help to support joints to reduce pain. A number of different types of bracing are available. Simple wrapping with an ace bandage can provide some support to joints after injury or overuse. Elastic sleeves that fit over the joint can provide even better support. The neoprene brace fits over the joint and is held together with Velcro fasteners. They can be helpful in cases of chronic joint pain. Padded types of joint braces can offer good support after surgery.

3. Topical Medications

A number of topical creams and ointments are available to treat joint pain. The cream is rubbed onto the skin over the joint. These medications generally contain menthol compounds or capsaicin, both of which create a feeling of heat that helps to soothe the painful area.

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