The Aches in Aging – Part 1: Joint Pain

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LiveMD offers advice on how to deal with the aches and pains associated with getting older

As we age, it is common that our bodies begin to experience certain aches that were once not an issue when we were younger. Joint pain, back and neck pain, muscle spasms and pain, nerve pain and the pain of arthritis are all afflictions that can start to affect us the older we get. LiveMD offers advice on how to deal with these issues and find the relief needed to live a pain free life.

In this session we will discuss joint pain and the recommended remedies for relieving your joints and easing your pain.

What is a Joint?

A joint is the point where two bones connect. Within these joints there are ligaments and tendons which connect the bones together and attach the appropriate muscles to the bones. There is also fluid within the joint that acts as a cushion, allowing the body to move freely without bones rubbing together with each movement. These joints are what allow our body to walk, move, bend and stretch.

Joint Pain

As we age, our joints can begin to cause us pain. After years of usage, the connective tissues in our joints can start to wear down or the amount of fluid within the joint may begin to decrease creating swelling and inflammation. One in three adults complain of joint pain and the most common joints affected are the knees, hips, ankles, wrists and elbows. Experiencing joint pain can be extremely debilitating, making every day tasks and activities difficult to complete.

Managing Joint Pain

Joint pain can be managed and quality of life can be restored with a few easy remedies:

  • Pain medication – Whether it be over-the-counter pain medications or medications prescribed by your doctor, these drugs will help to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
  • Physiotherapy – A qualified physiotherapist will be able to provide you with exercises and stretches that will bring back range of motion to all areas of the body. Regular sessions will help to relieve your pain and will make movement much easier.
  • Injections – If the cause of your joint pain is a reduction in the amount of fluid within the joint, injections are available that can help to replace it. A doctor can inject a liquid directly into the affected area that very closely resembles the fluid found naturally in your joints. This provides a cushion that will help to reduce pain and relieve inflammation. Often these injections must be repeated every few months or years.
  • Exercise – The proper exercise and stretching regimen can help to alleviate joint pain by restoring range of motion, keeping you flexible and building muscle to better help support the joints. Exercise can also result in a reduction of body weight which can reduce the pressure that is being put on certain joints, especially those in the lower body like the hips, knees and ankles.

Joint pain a common affliction associated with aging and is something that most of us will experience to some degree or another within our lifetime. With proper care, daily exercise and the right medications, this pain can be minimized and we can live a long life, participating in the activities that we enjoy. If you have questions about your joints, believe that you are experiencing joint pain or have questions about the pains associated with aging, contact a doctor at LiveMD today. Our expert team of professionals are here to help you with all of your medical needs. Visit www.mylivemd.com.

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March 18th, 2016 by