Arthritis pain can be debilitating enough to significantly impair your quality of life. The pain restricts you from activities you previously enjoyed and may compromise regular day-to day activities. Managing arthritis pain is therefore an important aim of arthritis therapy. Otherwise the pain and resultant isolation may cause depression in patients.
Causes of Arthritis Pain
Arthritis pain occurs due to the nature of the condition.
In osteoarthritis, the cartilage in the joints is gradually worn away, removing the cushion between the bones. So during movement, the friction between bones gives rise to unbearable arthritis pain. In fact this is the cause for knee pain in arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis, a systemic auto-immune disorder, causes severe inflammation around the joints. Inflammation is characterized by excess blood flow to the area and increased fluid retention that causes redness and swelling, which in turn trigger pain receptors in the brain.
In arthritis, the range of motion of the joint is compromised. Hence joints become stiff and painful during movement. Joint damage in arthritis also causes arthritis pain.
Perception of Arthritis Pain
People perceive arthritis pain differently. Each person’s threshold of pain varies, as do the emotional factors that influence pain. Individuals who receive emotional support from family and friends tend to manage pain better.
Completely ceasing activities cause depression, which is an enormous emotional component for increased pain perception. Besides, inactivity further stiffens the joints making even the slightest movement extremely painful. This further depresses you. And the vicious cycle continues. Take a decision to break out of this cycle. Take charge of your arthritis pain. Managing Arthritis Pain
Be aware of your pain patterns. Perhaps there are certain activities that bring on fresh waves pain. Identify these and discuss with your doctor as to how you can modify them to reduce pressure on the joints and prevent arthritis pain.
Exercise regularly. Consider exercises that strengthen muscles supporting the joints and those which improve the range of motion of the joints. Exercise releases endorphins that help reduce pain. Exercise also causes weight loss, reducing stress on the weight bearing joints to relieve arthritis pain.
Research about arthritis pain management techniques. There are several alternative methods such as magnetic therapy, herbal and homoeopathic treatment that may be helpful. You will not know what works for you until you try.
Last but not the least, follow the advice of your doctor. Stick to the prescribed medication and report any change in symptoms. If your case is serious enough to warrant surgical treatment, consider the same with an open mind. The final decision is yours, but do arrive at the decision in a comprehensive manner.
Remember you have to take responsibility for your arthritis pain. No one else can do that for you.