What causes joint pain?
With over 230 moveable and semi-moveable joints in your body, there are many types of injuries or conditions that can lead to joint pain. Joint pain is commonly associated with mild arthritic conditions and typically involves thinning of the cartilage and the development of bony spur growths. Tendons, ligaments and muscles surrounding the joint weaken and the joint becomes inflamed, painful and stiff.
Mild osteoarthritis – ‘wear and tear’ arthritis
Mild osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common degenerative joint condition and can affect any joint. Mild OA typically affects the neck, lower back, hips, knees, small joints of the fingers and bases of the thumb, and big toe. Mild OA is referred to as ‘wear and tear’ arthritis due to its association with overuse of a joint or joints from either recurring movement over a long period of time, too much sport or being overweight. Important lifestyle tips to help ease joint pain include:
- Keep active and stay as mobile as possible
- Include low impact exercises such as aerobics, yoga, tai chi, swimming and bike riding
- Maintain a healthy weight range to reduce excessive pressure or tension on joints
- Take a warm morning shower
Look after your joints with:
- Curcumin, the active component of Turmeric, is responsible for its anti-inflammatory and antiarthritic action to help reduce joint inflammation and for the relief of joint pain associated with mild arthritis. Turmeric itself, has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine as an anti-inflammatory and antiarthritic. This action has been supported by studies that show anti-inflammatory activity of its active constituent, curcumin.
- Glucosamine is required for the formation of collagen, helping to maintain joint health and may help increase joint mobility and decrease joint stiffness associated with mild arthritis and mild osteoarthritis. Glucosamine also provides anti-inflammatory activity to help reduce joint inflammation and may assist in the management of mild osteoarthritis and may provide symptomatic relief of mild osteoarthritis.
A combination of curcumin in the form of clinically-trialled Meriva® curcumin and glucosamine hydrochloride can be used for the symptomatic relief of mild arthritis and to provide temporary relief of mild arthritic pain. See Herbs of Gold Bio Curcumin + Glucosamine.