5 Tips To Help Control Fibromyalgia Joint Pain

Fibromyalgia Joint PainJoint pains can signify a variety of things, from a minor strain or injury to the onset of osteoarthritis. Adults experiencing unusual joint pain should address the pain immediately because once joints are injured, they can be difficult to heal. If pain in a particular joint is new, have it assessed by a medical professional to ensure that no major damage has been done. A diagnosis of Fibromyalgia comes with all over body pain as well as aches and stiffness in the muscles and joints. Diet, exercise and modifications can help to alleviate Fibromyalgia joint pain.

Dealing with Joint Pain

There are several non-invasive remedies that can be used to alleviate joint pains, or pain due to injuries, such as a hip injury, as well as pain from illnesses like Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Simple tips include:

Dietary supplements. Ideally, every diet would consist of nourishing foods, rich in vitamins and minerals that are essential to bone and joint health. If that is not the case, individuals should discuss the addition of nutritional supplements with their doctor. Calcium, magnesium and vitamin D are known to support bone and joint health. Other supplements such as chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine and SAMe not only nourish joints, but also alleviate joint pain and slow the damage caused by arthritis.

Rest. If a joint is painful due to a recent injury, rest may be the best solution for giving the body a chance to heal joint tissues naturally. However, too much rest can cause the joint to become stiff. Use mild to moderate exercise to keep the joint moving and flexible until normal activities can be resumed.

Exercise. Bones and joints require two different types of exercise: those that involve weight-bearing activities and those that use motion to increase flexibility and balance. Weight-bearing exercises help to trigger bone density increases, which strengthen bones. Flexible joints and muscles are less susceptible to injury, while balance helps to prevent falls, one of the leading causes of knee and hip injury.

Anti-inflammatories. Chronic joint pain and inflammation can be mitigated by using over-the-counter anti-inflammatories. Always discuss their use with a doctor before taking any new medications. Adhere to doctor and/or manufacturer’s dosage guidelines.

Heat/cold therapy. By alternating heat and cold therapy, individuals can reduce swelling and inflammation, as well as alleviate pain. Make sure to never use cold therapy for more than 20 minutes at a time to avoid tissue damage. Relieving the tender points with therapy is a great way to naturally alleviate pain without medication.

By taking care of bones and joint health, patients can alleviate joint pain and are less susceptible to injuries that require surgery. Prevention is the best medicine, and can help people avoid hip replacement surgery later in life. That’s especially good news given the recent problems with a number of hip implants. Products, such as the Stryker Rejuvenate and Depuy ASR, have been recalled by the device manufacturers.

Eating well, exercising regularly and attending to joint pain can prevent the need for more invasive treatments and procedures.

Elizabeth Carrollton writes about defective medical devices and dangerous drugs for Drugwatch.com.


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