The CDC estimates that more than 55 million Americans have arthritis, a condition causing the inflammation of one or more joints. However, you may also have Hazlet joint pain because of lupus, gout, injury, overuse of muscles of your joints, rickets, fibromyalgia, cancer, tendon inflammation, or infectious diseases like mumps.
For instance, lupus is a condition that causes your immune system to attack and damage healthy organs and tissues. Because the immune system attacks its healthy, normal tissues, the common symptoms you are likely to experience are muscle and joint pain. The muscles become inflamed, and the joints become stiff.
You may also have joint pain in your knee, feet, elbow, shoulder, or hip due to an injury caused by excessive strain on a joint or an impact, causing a sprain or fracture.
Subsequently, the tips below can help you naturally relieve your joint pain.
- Exercise frequently
Exercising regularly or staying physically active can help reduce the pain you experience in your joints as it strengthens muscles and makes joints stronger.
Studies show that as your muscles and joints become stronger and you feel pain and stress, there is increased secretion of endorphins. Endorphins are hormones or chemicals your body produces to help relieve your pain.
Light exercises that can help relieve your joint pain include walking, swimming, and cycling.
- A diet rich in fiber
According to recent research published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, eating a diet rich in fiber can help reduce your joint pain, especially if it is due to arthritis.
A high-fiber diet can lower joint inflammation and pain since you will have low levels of C-reactive protein in your blood. Moreover, a fiber-rich diet has nutrients that help balance microbes in your digestive tract.
Dysbiosis is characterized by an imbalance of bacteria in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Gut dysbiosis puts you at a higher risk of inflammation, particularly in your joints.
- Maintain a healthy weight
Research shows that for every pound you lose in your weight, there is a four-pound reduction in the load exerted in your knee. That means reducing your weight by about 5% can help reduce joint pain in your knees and help lessen your risk of disability.
Keeping a healthy weight also puts you at less risk of health conditions like high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and heart disease.
- RICE therapy
The RICE therapy demands that you get enough rest, apply an ice pack on the area with an affected joint, compress the affected area, and elevate the part of your body affected by joint pains while resting.
For instance, if the joint pains come from your knee, keep your knee in a raised position, above the level of the heart, as you rest.
You can also naturally relieve your joint pain by using assistive devices to support your affected joints, using steroid injections, using pain relief medications, and practicing good sleep habits. You may also find acupuncture, meditation, and massage useful in providing relief against joint pain and discomfort.
Contact Garden State Pain & Orthopedics today to schedule an appointment with a joint pain specialist.