Managing Joint Pain: Over the Counter Options
There are different ways to manage joint pain; over the counter remedies, prescribed drugs and even natural methods are all available. The first step though, before any treatment option is considered, is to determine the reason behind the pain and your doctor is the only one who can help you with that.
Watch below a very informative video in which a Dr Osborne describes in detail how taking over the counter medication to reduce your joint pain can potentially induce nutritional deficiencies.
Classifying joint pain
Joint stiffness, soreness and pain can be caused by a host of factors. They can be due to injury, repeated use of certain parts of the body, strain, trauma or fever. Or they can be due to more serious conditions, like arthritis, Lyme disease, autoimmune diseases, fibromyalgia and other illnesses. If you feel a stiffness, soreness or pain in any of your joints, rest the area for a couple of days and use ice packs to relieve the soreness.
However, if the pain persists, you should immediately go to a doctor as the pain may be caused by an underlying condition that requires medical attention. The key to addressing such pain, even mild ones, is to determine early on what really is causing it. The longest you should wait is two days and within that time, if the pain is not getting any better, then hop on to your car and drive to your nearest doctor’s clinic or hospital.
Maintenance and prevention
There are various drugs that doctors can prescribe to relieve joint pain. Over the counter medications such as painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs and other types of pain reliever are the more common options. However, these medications are merely to ease the pain and are not treatments for the underlying condition. If there is a more serious illness that is causing your joints to ache, the doctor will know about it and directions on how to address that condition should come only from him.
On the other hand, there are ways we can protect our bones from potential damage and future problems and these methods are geared primarily toward strengthening the bones and promoting density. Even if you are still young and have not experienced any pain in your joints, you should start paying attention to your bone health.
Most of us know that as we grow older, we become more prone to joint and bone problems. We should not wait to get to this stage and do as much as we can in the present to strengthen our bones and keep them protected from the effects of aging. Eating the right food, getting enough rest and exercising regularly are the primary tactics that we can employ.
We should also consider taking nutritional supplements that are specifically designed to maintain bone health. One such is Xtend-Life’s Green Lipped Mussel Powder. This nutritional supplement is not only good for promoting long-term bone health, but is also effective in relieving pain and inflammation in the joints, even among people who are already suffering from arthritis and other bone-related problems.
Green lipped mussels are rich in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, minerals and vitamins. They also contain glycosaminoglycans, which have been found to be helpful in repairing damaged tissues. All these nutritional benefits are contained in Xtend-Life’s powder supplement, which has been manufactured using a low heat, two-step method that allows most of the raw shellfish’s nutrients to be retained in the final product.
If you are suffering from joint pain, over the counter remedies may be enough to relieve it, but for long-term health benefits, as well as immediate pain relief, taking Xtend-Life’s Green Lipped Mussel Powder is the most effective option.