What happens to joints as you get older?
When you grow older, your joints become weak and bone mineral content to decrease. Your joints also become stiff making it painful to move. This is because the synovial fluid decreases creating friction between bones. The cartilage is responsible for cushioning the joints, but when cartilage wears out, it becomes difficult to walk or make any other movements. This can lead to diseases like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
What you need to know about pain?
Pain occurs when electrochemical signals are generated in your body as a result of injury. There is electrochemical signal transmission in the nerve fibers to the spinal cord and then to the brain. The processing of the electrochemical signals in the brain becomes the experience of pain.
Pain is a signal that there is harm that needs to be stopped. Pain can last for a short period of time, this is called acute pain, but when it becomes chronic it is because of the alteration of the rewiring of the nervous system.
Pain is influenced in the brain by a number of factors such as anger, stress, anxiety, catastrophe, belief system, and expectations. Medication does not cure pain but only relieves it.
What’s up with everyday aches?
Aches are reactions to an injury. Aches are brain interpretation on a particular sensation. Everyone can have aches which can last for a short time or for a long period of time.
Body aches can be reduced by exercise. Endorphins; pleasure chemicals, are released during exercises. The chemicals help in reducing stress and depression which can come with aches.
What are the common pains that occur as you age?
As you age, you might experience some pain that can be acute and sometimes chronic. This is caused by several factors such as change in lifestyle, aging process, depression, and obesity. Acute pains are experienced suddenly and when they are not treated they can become chronic. Chronic pains can last for more than 3 months.
When you get to your 30s you will mostly experience headaches. Headaches can affect anyone during their lives but there are some factors which can increase your risk of having headaches. Migraine, a type of a headache, is commonly experienced by women who are aged 35 to 45. Migraine is caused by several triggers such as food, light, cheese, or wine. Identifying what triggers your migraine can help in managing the symptoms. The tension types of headaches are common as you age. Many headache causes are not known. You can try several treatments if one does not work.
Strains can also cause pain. This can be as a result of overused muscles, and tendons. Some people will experience back, shoulder and elbow pains.
When you get to your 40s and 50s you might experience more pain. Many people develop osteoarthritis and degenerative disk disease in these age bracket. These diseases cause knee, hand, back, and hip, muscle, and neck pains.
What causes joint pain?
Joints connect bones to each other. An injury to the joint can result to pain. There are several conditions that can cause joint pains. These include: rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, osteoarthritis, gout, and sprain. Joint pains are common as you get older but proper medication and exercises can help in managing join pain.
What can you do about it?
Joint pain can be as a result of aging process. Joint pain cannot be cured but can be relieved. Exercises can help in managing joint pains. Physical exercises make the joints move smoothly. Excessive exercise should be avoided as this can lead to joint injuries. Examples of exercises that can help include jogging, running, swimming, tai chi, yoga, and aerobics.
Joint pains can be as a result of low bone mass density which can cause the cartilage to wear out. Taking diet that is rich in Calcium, vitamin D, Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, and Zinc can increase the bone mass density.
Use of non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as naproxen, aspirin, and, ibuprofen can help in relieving joint pain.
Opioid drugs can also be used to treat severe joint pains. Other drugs that can be used to treat joint pains include antidepressants, anti-epileptic drugs, and muscle relaxants.
Which are the best exercises to do?
Exercises such as aerobics, yoga, and tai chi are good for joints. Engaging in light sports can also help the joints to be healthy.
Apart from exercises what are the other things that can work?
Supplements can also be used in treating joint pains. The most commonly used joint pain supplements which contain glucosamine and chondroitin can help in relieving pain. Joint supplements can sometime diminish the pain completely. You should discuss with your doctor about your condition before you start using supplements.