Arthritis pain can stop a lot of people from performing tasks that they would otherwise be doing with relative ease.
LiveFull brings you a comprehensive “pain identifier” guide to help you gain a better understanding of just what you might be experiencing.
Let’s Begin With Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis causes the bone surface in the joints to become thin and worn out and this leads to a number of symptoms including deformity, aches and pains and stiffness in the joints.
Occasionally people notice swelling and massive spikes in pain levels. It’s quite common for this condition to affect the hands, and the pain can become overwhelming, but this normally subsides after a couple of weeks.
Unfortunately any deformity and stiffness can remain for the long haul.
Osteoarthritis also attacks the spine, knees and hips, bringing with it pain that can be long-lasting and that can hinder day to day activities.
Pain Relief for Osteoarthritis
There are a number of options available to individuals suffering from osteoarthritis and these include, surgery, physiotherapy + regular exercise + weight loss, steroidal injections directly administered into the affected joints, and pain killers in the form of drugs and gels.
Commonly used drugs include anti-inflammatories, and widely available gels include NSAID gels.
Next Up: Rheumatoid Arthritis
This type of arthritis attacks the joints and causes inflammation which can cause pain, discomfort, swelling and warm sensations.
Some lucky individuals will find that this condition can almost completely cease to exist after a period of time, but for others, it can be life-long.
Pain Relief for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms can be alleviated (to a certain extent) undergoing physiotherapy, the use of painkillers, plenty of rest, and anti-rheumatic drugs.
Chronic back pain, especially in the lower back that travels down both legs is usually triggered by the onset of sciatica. This type of pain is commonly treated by different types of injections such as nerve root blocks and epidurals.
Whiplash injuries commonly affect the neck and upper back. Thankfully pain caused by a whiplash injury can subside after a period of time.
CPS (Chronic Pain Syndrome)
Many seniors can suffer from frequent headaches, limb pain and discomfort and symptoms are sometimes telltale signs of the onset of chronic pain syndrome (or CPS).
It’s very difficult to find the precise cause of this condition even though the symptoms can be very apparent such as difficulties in walking or even standing.
People suffering from CPS can find contradictory opinions on the root cause.
Despite this, and thankfully, there are a number of treatments currently available for CPS. Treatments include rehab, physiotherapy, and psychotherapy.
CRPS (Complex Pain Syndrome)
Complex pain syndrome or CRPS can affect a certain part of the body and cause a burning sensation to it.
CRPS can sometimes result following a stroke, or even a superficial injury, or in some mystery cases, the cause has never been determined!
The commonly held belief is the communication channels linking the brain and the concerned area become disturbed, which causes longer lasting pain.
Common treatments available to people suffering from CRPS include normal painkillers, rehab, which includes physiotherapy, and injections.