6 Ways To Help Aching Joints

4. Over-the-Counter Pain Medications

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, commonly called NSAIDs, can be effective for minor swelling, inflammation and pain in joints. Aspirin is one of the oldest medications used for joint pain, and it is still one of the most effective drugs.

However, some people cannot take aspirin because of its harsh effects on the stomach lining. These people may be more comfortable with Tylenol, Advil or Aleve. Follow package directions or your doctor’s instructions.

5. Prescription Medications

Prescription pain relievers may be necessary for those with chronic or severe joint pain. Cox-2 inhibitors, anti-depressants, anti-spasmodics, and opiate medications are a few of the drug types that can be used to relieve joint pain.

Corticosteroid injections may be necessary to reduce joint inflammation and pain. Hyaluronic injections that replace the natural cushioning material with the joints can also reduce pain.

6. Supplements

Glucosamine and chondroitin in combination has been shown to reduce pain when taken regularly. MSM, methylsulfonylmethane, helps to make collagen in the body and has anti-inflammatory effects. SAM-e, S-adenosylmethionine, is another supplement that can be helpful for joint pain. Fish oil supplements may also provide relief.

However, these supplements may not work for all people in all cases of joint pain.

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