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We recently covered a news article about the relationship between the weather and our joint pain.
While studies have now proven that weather has an impact on the health of our joints, what exactly can be done about it?

First of all, if you haven’t yet been diagnosed with a condition, and your joints or a single joint has caused chronic pain, then you first need to get a diagnosis.

Not all joint pain is bought on by a condition. You may have an injury that can be treated very quickly and effectively. Although left untreated, your injury can turn in to something more sinister. Get diagnosed first!

Diagnoses can include –

  • Injury
  • Inflammation due to infection including viral infections
  • Gout
  • Cartilage damage
  • Haemarthrosis (bleeding into the joint)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Lupus and Scleroderma (Autoimmune diseases)

Also, in rare cases, cancer can affect the joints.

In the UK, over 10 million people suffer from joint pain, many of which are due to injury or arthritis.

How do I stop my joint pain?

Stopping the pain depends on the cause. Once you have found out why your joint is painful, we can consider effective pain relief.

Here are just a few examples –

Over-the-counter medication

Not all treatments are going to work in your favour. Creams and tablets all differ in ingredients and strength. Some may not be suitable for you, especially if you suffer other health issues such as asthma. Make sure you consult your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure or what you need.

Over the counter, medications include aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. These are known as NSAIDs – Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Once you have found your effective drug, only on an as-needed basis.

Prescribed medication

Again, medication does depend on what the cause of the issue is, and where it is in your body.

Your doctor can prescribe both NSAIDs and DMARDs (Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs) after diagnoses.

Methotrexate, Leflunomide, Hydroxychloroquine, and Sulfasalazine are all conventional DMARDs prescribed for joint pain.

Steroid treatments

Steroids also called corticosteroids, are a class of drug used to lower inflammation in the body.

Corticosteroids can be used to treat injury and disease in joints.

A trained musculoskeletal sonographer can provide an ultra-sound guided injection of Corticosteroids to reduce inflammation and pain.

PRP treatments

PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. PRP injections use each patient’s own healing system to improve joint problems.

Usually, this form of treatment is used for injured joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles.

Although PRP injections can help treat an expanding list of orthopaedic conditions, it is not standard practice.

Acupuncture

From stiff necks to sore feet, acupuncture has been used to reduce pain for 3000 years.

This complementary therapy also uses the body’s natural system to relieve pain and comes recommended by the World Health Organization.

How do I reduce joint pain at home?

There are more natural ways to help you cope with your joint pain. Whether you are under treatment or currently only suffer from mild pain. Knowing how to care for your joints will help you maintain joint health and relieve pain.

How to care for arthritic joints and cope with flare-ups’?

  • Keep your weight low
  • Use Fish oil supplements or Include fatty acids in your diet
  • Curcumin has also been thought to help reduce arthritis pain
  • Keep moving! Try low-impact exercises such as swimming
  • Try hot and cold therapy – hot showers or ice packs (depending on your condition)
  • Wrap up warm in the winter and try and keep yourself dry in damp weather

How to care for an injured joint and deal with pain?

  • Rest – Stop any “hard-wearing” exercise or activities
  • Ice it up for around 20 minutes 3 times a day
  • Compress the joint using a bandage
  • Elevate
  • Focus on moderate exercise which is not weight-bearing (try to keep the joint mobile)

Here at Freedom Clinics, we have the resources to provide these services as well as benefiting from an on-site GP. We can offer a comprehensive FULL assessment, which is discussed with you before any treatment program (if required) proceed.

More information about PRP or corticosteroids.

During January we are offering Free 15mins consultation with an acupuncturist PLUS 20% off PRP appointments! Find the perfect date for you.