Arthritis sufferers have to deal with joint muscle pain on a daily basis. This not only causes anxiety, but can also keep you from doing your favorite activities. Fortunately, there are many joint muscle pain treatments available. Many people start with medication and add other complementary treatments to reduce joint muscle pain. A doctor will be able to tell you which treatment options are best for you. If you have any allergies, let your doctor know before starting any pain medication. You should also be aware that some treatments might not be effective for all types of arthritis.
Starting with medication to relieve joint muscle pain is a good short-term option. This allows you to move more freely, reduces stress, and lets you pursue other methods of treatment. The most common types of medication prescribed for joint muscle pain are analgesics and NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), although your doctor may also recommend a topical, antidepressant, or muscle relaxant. NSAIDs are the only type of drug that should be taken long-term, as they not only relieve joint muscle pain, but also reduce inflammation and swelling. NSAIDs include Ibuprofen, Advil, and Motrin. If you experience nausea, diarrhea or gastrointestinal upset, contact your doctor. These side effects can become severe if left untreated.
Low-impact exercises can also reduce joint muscle pain. Swimming is particularly good, as the water’s buoyancy takes stress off your joints. Water resistance can also improve muscle tone and strengthen your cardiovascular system while reducing joint muscle pain. If you can, try swimming in a warm pool or relaxing in a hot tub, as the heat may relax your muscles and reduce joint muscle pain. Other great exercises include walking, yoga and tai chi. Look for low-impact exercises that strengthen muscle tone and improve range of motion. Yoga and tai chi also increase balance, an important consideration for people with osteoarthritis.
You might also consider a more unconventional treatment such as acupuncture or chiropractic care. Acupuncture uses needles to block pain messages and is a very effective treatment for chronic joint muscle pain such as that caused by arthritis. A course of treatment generally consists of twice-weekly sessions for up to five weeks. A chiropractor can also help reduce joint muscle pain by adjusting your spine. Regulation varies by state. Some insurance carriers may cover both chiropractic care and acupuncture, so be sure to check with you provider before starting treatment for your joint muscle pain.