Joint pain can stem from a number of injuries or conditions. Whatever the source, it can be uncomfortable and hinder normal movement. Causes could range from autoimmune diseases like arthritis and lupus to a host of infectious diseases like influenza, measles, hepatitis etc.
Joint pain could also result from an injury like sprain or fracture, or it could even be the result of tendonitis. Unless the cause is very obvious, diagnosis of the source could prove difficult.
The first road to pain relief with joint muscular pain is proper identification and treatment of the underlying cause. In treatment of non-arthritic joint pain, exercise and rest are equally important. Stretching exercises, massaging the affected joint and a warm fomentation gives substantial relief. This should be done as often as possible. Anti-inflammatory medications reduce both pain and swelling, but these should be taken with care, especially in the case of children with NSAIDs like Ibuprofen. Physiotherapy may be prescribed in certain situations.
Pain in the joint arising out of gout will not respond to any of the foregoing. The areas generally affected are the extremities like the joints in the hands and feet, particularly the fingers and toes. The pain can become excruciating and the affected joint severely inflamed and angry red in color. Gout can best be treated with medication and modification of diet to avoid foods likely to raise uric acid levels.
If a joint pain persists for more than three days, the advice of a health care provider is recommended. Joint main can be caused by a multitude of conditions. Proper identification of the root cause is the key to relief. There are also several alternative remedies to treat joint pain which include acupuncture, magnetic and electro therapy.
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