If you have crossed your 50’s then you really need to check your joint pain with a medical practitioner. A joint pain with swelling that gets worsened by movement, improves with rest and is warm to the touch is a sign of osteoarthritis. Non steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the most common medication given for osteoarthritis. But NSAIDs are known for their side effects like gastrointestinal effects, renal problems, ulcers, photosensitivity and more. More and more patients are now relying on homeopathic medicines in fear of the side effects of NSAIDs.
As you start ageing, changes which have been taking place inside your body start to show up. The degenerative changes in the body manifest in one way or another. Osteoarthritis is one of those changes which causes your joints to be inflamed due to a breakdown of the bone cartilage. When cartilage is affected, your bones lose their cushions which protect them from constant friction. Knee is the area that suffers the most of wear and tear. Knee replacement surgeries are performed in the worst affected cases. Extra weight is unaffordable if you have knee pain. And exercise is not practical with a knee pain! Next to knees, Osteoarthritis affects your hands, hips and spine. Spondylosis refers to the degenerative changes in the spine and no replacement surgery is possible in that area.
There is no cure for osteoarthritis as it deals with the natural process of aging. All you can do is to kill the pain to live better. Alternative health care is sought for as people become aware of the side effects of the NSAIDs. Homeopathy offers a great deal of help if you have osteoarthritis. Homeopathic medicines serve to slow down the degenerative changes in the body. Aconitum napellus, Arnica, Belladonna, Calcarea phosphorica, Rhus toxicodendron, Ledum palustre and Kalmia latiflora are used by homeopathic practitioners to check arthritic pain. Homeopathy can also restrict the damage, reduce the swelling and the stiffness of the joints.
Care At Home
- Rest- You need to check your mobility if you have osteoarthritis. If your joints are inflamed, you need to take complete rest. During routine activities, remember to rest every now and then.
- Lose Weight- Weight loss is very important to help your joints. Your knees have a basic capacity and the extra flab will make you suffer. You need the help of your doctor as weight loss through exercise may not be a viable option.
- Gentle exercises- You can do gentle exercises if you do not have extreme pain or inflammation. However, never overdo it. Do not squat on the ground, do not use Indian toilets and keep away from climbing up and down the stairs.
- Hot and cold compresses- Warm pads and ice packs can soothe the pain. If you have a numbness in the area instead of pain avoid ice packs.
- Avoid strain- You should not strain your joints by standing for long durations or gripping things for too long etc.
- Go to a physical therapist- Your muscles need to be strong. Only a physical therapist can help you with your own exercise plan to reduce pain and fortify your joints.
Aging is inevitable. So too are the degenerative changes in your body. All you can do is to take care of yourself and bring even the minor symptoms to medical attention.