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Arthritis and Chronic Pain

You’re not alone when suffering from chronic arthritis pain. Around 40 million Americans are suffering from arthritis, and most of them aren’t getting the relief they need. Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in the United States.

Contrary to popular belief, it is not one single disease, but a catch-all term for over many diseases causing joint pain. The typical symptoms are stiffness, tenderness, or swelling in the joints. It can limit your range of motion and cause fatigue. Not only can the symptom be a burning sensation, but it can also include sharp pain.

Many people are attempting to get by without pain management, but arthritis can be a serious, debilitating disease that calls for much more than a daily dose of aspirin. Because this pain can range from mild to extreme, it is an often misunderstood disease and can go untreated. Symptoms can also come and go, causing it to be even harder to diagnose.

Popular drugs given to people with arthritis are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, opioids, or corticosteroids. In some cases, surgery might be necessary.

But there are many natural ways that you can combat your arthritis pain as well. Some of which include: massage, stretching, hydrotherapy, and acupuncture. A well-rounded treatment plan is often the best course of action and could return your range of motion, having you walking around like normal again.

It is common for flare-ups to occur from stress. The mind-body connection is one often overlooked way to reduce pain, but it has been proven to be effective. By lowering your stress and developing your focus with activities like yoga and meditation, studies have shown it can help chronic arthritis. Keep in mind; arthritis is a complex disease, ranging from a mild pain to debilitating pain, so it is important to reach out to a professional before taking any advice.

Do you suffer from arthritis, joint pain, or any other type of chronic pain? Contact us for more information on pain management and what we can do to help. Call (720) 410-5714 or visit DPM Clinic to begin to take back your life from pain.