There are millions of adults who are on pain-killers to help manage ongoing joint or bone pains. The areas in which we suffer joint pains are the ones that are involved in repetitive movements or that take the brunt of the body’s weight, such as the low back, neck, knees, hips, shoulders, and ankles. Joints are called the connections between bones. They give us support and help us to move. Any damage to the joints from any disease or injury can hinder movement and cause a lot of pain. Many other health conditions can lead to painful joints, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, gout, strains, sprains, and other injuries.
It can sometimes feel like the joint pain is originating from a muscle or surrounding bones, it’s actually coming from the inflamed joints and soft tissues surrounding it. Muscle joint pains can sometimes occur along with joint pain, making things worse.
Following are the areas of occurrence:
• The neck and top of the back. Neck pains are commonly related to poor postures, such as “forward head posture,” sleep-related issues or stress.
• Joint pain in knees
• The Hips
• The low back, which is commonly associated with the pain of the Sacroiliac joint
• Back of the legs
• The shoulders (the ball and socket joints)
• The wrists, hands & fingers
• Ankles, feet, toes, and heels, especially in runners who experience injuries
Causes of Joint Pain
There are many causes for severe joint pain, which can include:
• Old age. As the age increases and the collagen that builds cartilage in the joints start to deteriorate, pains are more likely to occur.
• Arthritis or osteoarthritis. Those who suffer from arthritis develop pain due to a complex neurophysiologic process which leads to the generation of inflammation and painful sensations.
• Overuse due to performing repetitive movements of the joints. For example, runners often feel joint pain during long runs.
• Poor posture.
• Injuries, impact or trauma.
• Inactivity, such as sitting for many hours per day.
• Muscle pains or an injury that puts pressure on a joint.
• Joint pain may also become worse if another condition starts weakening muscles such as bursitis, osteoporosis or a fracture.
• A lack of sleep can contribute to fatigue, aches, and stiffness.
Ayurveda for Joint Pains
Ayurveda offers many herbal treatments for joint pains. These herbal plants have documented anti-inflammatory properties without the side effects as compared to the commonly prescribed medications.
Herbal capsules are a great way to heal naturally. Joint pain treatment using herbs helps it to have a long-lasting effect.
Ginseng helps to supplement the spleen, calm nervous irritation, aid the heart and nourish the body; Ginseng has been used for people with “rheumatism”. It stimulates the immune function and improves well-being. It contains various active components like ginsenosides, peptides, polyacetylenic alcohols, and fatty acids. The anti-inflammatory property of ginseng has an anti-arthritic effect which modulates inflammation.
Shilajit is good for the bones and can be used to fight conditions like osteoporosis. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it useful for those with rheumatoid arthritis also. Shilajit is said to nourish the joints and eases inflammation and pain associated with these ailments.
Green tea has polyphenols and antioxidants which are believed to reduce inflammation and slow down the cartilage destruction. Green tea has an antioxidant called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) which blocks the production of molecules that cause joint damage in people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Boswellia has active components which have strong anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. They help prevent cartilage loss-making Boswellia a potential therapy for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in addition to osteoarthritis (OA).
Maca roots are rich in sterols and vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin E and. It has high amounts of minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium, sulfur, phosphorous, and iron. Maca roots provide 20 amino acids, out of which seven are important amino acids.
Its benefits in arthritis are a combination of tissue rebuilding and immuno-modulatory effects. It is also said to activate Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF) which is important for tissue repair and rejuvenation.