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Joint pain is the most common complaint seen in elder people. Joint pain can be due to an underlying problem like arthritis, osteoarthritis, injuries and so on. Factors like age, stress, obesity or over weight and family history increases pressure on joints and act as triggers.

Joints are the connections between bones. Damage to the joints causes joint pain. In some conditions joint pain may be due to infection or due to tumors of joints. Joint pain is also called as arthralgia. Joint pain can start mildly and can be become severe.
Some common symptoms of joint pain includes

  • Joint swelling
  • Joint tenderness
  • Warmth
  • Redness
  • Loss of motion
  • Muscle cramps
  • Stiffness and weakness.

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What causes joint pain?

Any damages to the joints due to injury, fracture, accident or diseases cause joint pain. Infections, inflammation and tumors on joints can also cause joint pain. Sometimes joint pain may be due to aging, joint pain is a common problem seen in elder people. Pain can be several body joints like hips, knees, ankles, toes, shoulders and neck. Joint pain can be seen in one joint and sometimes it can be seen in many joints.
Sometimes joint pain can be caused due to

  • Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Gout
  • Stress
  • Family history
  • Age
  • Bone cancer
  • Tendinitis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Strains and sprains
  • Septic arthritis
  • Infections due to virus
  • Tumors on joints.

Tips to avoid Joint Pains :

Painful joints and knee pain makes very difficult to carryon or impossible to do our daily simple duties. Joint pains can be avoided by following some simple tips like
Maintaining weight- excess weight puts additional pressure on joints, which can lead to arthritis. Being overweight increases chance of knee injuries and can lead to osteoarthritis.
Wearing proper good fit shoes– comfortable and perfect sized shoes control stress on knees; well cushioned footwear control shock to the knees and knee injuries. Choosing right shoes while walking, running control the risk of joint pains; helps maintain proper leg alignment and balance.
Warm up before exercise– doing warm up releases muscles front and back your thighs and control pressure on knees.
Exercises– exercises like stretching and light weight exercises are good for the knees. Exercising regularly improves flexibility and strengthens knee muscles.
Maintain proper posture– bad posture at work, leaning forward and walking, bad posture while lifting things lead to knee pain or joint pain.
Gradually increase intensity of your exercise– sudden increase in the level of exercise leads to joint pains. Increase gradually to avoid knee pains.
Eat healthy food– consuming foods rich in vitamins, minerals like calcium plays an important role in production of bone cartilage and bone tissues, which intern control knee pain and joint pain.

Avoid Joint Pains with daily activities like :

With some daily activities one can control the pain of knees and joint pain, they act as natural joint pain relievers and they are

  • Stay hydrated
  • Get good sleep and avoid stress
  • Yoga and meditation control the pain
  • Massage
  • Hot and cold compresses
  • Avoid repetitive joint motions
  • Physical therapy
  • Eating fish to control inflammation of joints.

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