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Joint pain Treatments

Joint pain: Treatments Inroduction

Treatment plans for joint pain are individualized depending on the underlying cause, the presence of coexisting diseases, the age and medical history of the patient, and other factors. Treatment generally involves a multifaceted plan that addresses the cause, minimizes the discomfort of joint pain, decreases the risk of developing serious complications, and helps a person to live a normal active life.

A common cause of joint pain, osteoarthritis, is often treated using a combination of medications, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) and corticosteroids. Treatment also includes regular medical care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise, hot and cold therapy, and possibly surgery.

Rheumatoid arthritis is treated with physical therapy, periods of rest, medications, and in some cases surgery. Orthopedic splints, heat and cold therapies and electrical stimulation treatments may also be helpful. Medications commonly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis include disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) and corticosteroids.

In some cases joint pain from sports injuries may be prevented by the use of appropriate protective equipment and by proper training techniques, warming up and stretching.

Joint pain due to an injury is generally treated with rest and elevation of the affected joint. Cold therapy and anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) are also used. Treatment may include a compression bandage, splint and/or application of a cast and crutches in some cases.

Other causes of joint pain may require similar plans and additional treatments, such as oral or intravenous antibiotics, if an infection is present or chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy for such causes as leukemia and bone cancer.

Joint pain: Treatments

Some of the possible treatments for Joint pain from various sources may include:

Treatments for Joint Pain

The following treatments are listed for Joint Pain in our knowledge base:

  • Vitamin C - possibly used for related vitamin C deficiency

Alternative Treatments for Joint pain

Alternative treatments, home remedies, other other complementary therapies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Joint pain in various sources may include:

  • Ginger chicken soup
  • Snake oil (contains high percentage of EPA, eicosapentaenoic acid)
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Meditation
  • Mind-body exercise
  • Tai Chi
  • Chinese medicine
  • Acupuncture
  • Acupressure
  • Massage
  • Thunder God Vine (TGV)
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Indian frankincense
  • Diet
  • 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan)
  • Boswellia
  • Bromelain
  • Zinc
  • Glucosamine sulfate
  • Chondroitin sulfate
  • S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAMe)
  • LNA (alpha-linolenic acid)
  • EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid)
  • DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
  • GLA (gamma-linolenic acid)
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Hara breathing
  • Relaxation
  • Diet low in saturated fat
  • Fish
  • Unprocessed food
  • Avoid caffeine
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Avoid refined sugar
  • Avoid salt
  • Heat compress
  • Ice compress
  • Snug-fitting gloves
  • Capsaicin
  • Wintergreen oil
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Juniper, lavender, cypress and rosemary oil in Epsom salt bath
  • Lavender and cypress oil in Epsom salt bath
  • Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Stretch
  • Swimming
  • Hot tub
  • Correct posture
  • Oral pain reliever
  • High-fiber, low-fat diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Ayurvedic cleansing program (panchakarma)
  • Ayurvedic herbal remedies
  • Triphala tea
  • Ayurvedic dietary changes
  • Mahanarayan oil-topical
  • Brown mustard seed soak
  • Yoga
  • Haritaki tea
  • Kaishore guggulu-by mouth
  • Cool castor oil
  • Cool coconut oil
  • Sandalwood paste
  • Amalaki tea
  • Turmeric and salt water paste
  • Rhus tox homeopathic remedy
  • Lycopodium homeopathic remedy
  • Calcarea carbonicum homeopathic remedy
  • Silica homeopathic remedy
  • Apis homeopathic remedy
  • Ledum homeopathic remedy
  • Causticum homeopathic remedy
  • Aconite homeopathic remedy
  • Kali carbonicum homeopathic remedy
  • Pulsatilla homeopathic remedy
  • Bryonia homeopathic remedy
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. aspirin or ibuprofen)
  • Chinese folk remedies
  • Chinese patent herbs

Treatments for Causes of Joint pain

Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Joint pain:

More causes: not all possible causes for Joint pain are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Joint pain.

Treatment Notes

Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Joint pain:

The following list of conditions have 'Joint pain' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Joint pain:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Joint pain' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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