Different report having had at least one episode of musculoskeletal pain in life, including joint pains. A word from the Global Pain Index 2018, the statistical report on the pain that involves twenty-four countries in the world. 40% of respondents even suffer from it every week. Despite this, only two Italians out of ten intervene immediately on pain and more than half ignore the causes.
As the word itself says, joint pains refer to joints, ie joints that bind two bones of the body, such as knees, elbows, ankles, wrists. But also the spine and pelvis. However, sometimes the pain seems to affect the joints. But, in reality, it comes from the muscles, tendons or ligaments, that is from neighboring regions.
Understanding the difference between the joint. And muscle pain is important to guide you in choosing the right remedies to implement. How to identify it?
The muscle aches occur in an area of the body quite broad. And undefined, such as your back, shoulder, neck, thighs, etc., And is usually dull and persistent type.
Joint pain, on the other hand, affects a more precise point, namely the joints precisely. And they resemble a continuous, more sharp pang. Another characteristic of joint pain is that it can occur both at rest. And when the affected joint is moved. They are also called rheumatic, rheumatoid or rheumatism pains.
The causes of joint pain
The joint pain is usually due to arthritis, an inflammation accompanied by heat and swelling. The aching joints appear, therefore, hot and swollen. In winter, joint pains tend to appear frequently and widespread. The reason? The main enemies of the joints are cold and humidity. Low temperatures stiffen the body tissues, predisposing them to the onset of pain. Moisture, however, literally penetrates the joints, accumulating in stagnant deposits that cause inflammation, and therefore pain.
Other causes of joint pain are attributable to sedentary life and lack of or insufficient physical activity. That is why, in order to safeguard one’s well-being, it is good to have an active lifestyle. The pains have, in fact, a high impact on the quality of life: the aforementioned statistical study on musculoskeletal pain shows that during the episodes of pain 70% of Italians are forced to interrupt their daily activities and 53% associate it to anxiety and concern.
From this brief review, we exclude causes of an autoimmune and traumatic nature: if the pain is particularly intense and/or chronic we recommend a special visit from the orthopedist.
Remedies for joint pains
The use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is very useful for fighting rheumatoid pain but may present contraindications. Alternatively, local application of topical creams or plasters/strips based on natural substances can be used which, thanks to the therapeutic effect of heat,relax tense muscles relieving muscle and joint pain The most effective natural substances are arnica and devil’s claw: some studies (see references) have shown a pain reduction of 45.5%, and an improvement in the mobility of the 35% (limited due to pain). It has been observed that the devil’s claw, in particular, modulates the formation of some mediators of our organism that intervene in the mechanisms of inflammation, ultimately responsible for pain and swelling.
To prevent joint pain, a healthy lifestyle helps: a walk is enough to start, as long as it is steady and sustained. 10,000 steps a day can be the first step.