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Minor Arthritis Pain

You may not know what causes arthritis, but you sure know the effects. If you’ve started to experience pain and stiffness in your joints as you get older, you may suspect you have arthritis. The first thing you should do is see a doctor for a proper diagnosis, but here’s some information you might find useful in understanding what it all means.

The Basics of Arthritis

One of the most common types of arthritis is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis can occur when the cartilage in your joints begins to deteriorate. As a result, the bones that were normally separated and cushioned by this cartilage can begin to rub against each other. This may be the cause of some of the pain you are experiencing.

Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition, but there are treatment options to relieve your minor arthritis pain*.

Treatment Options

There are a variety of options for treating, managing and relieving your pain.

  • Medications — Medications may be a part of minor arthritis pain treatment. The kind of arthritis you have, as well as its symptoms and its severity, will dictate the type of medication your doctor prescribes or recommends.
  • Exercise — One of the best things you can do for yourself, whether or not you have arthritis, is to get regular exercise.
  • Hot & Cold Treatment — Heat and cold treatments are easy methods you can use at home to reduce the pain and stiffness of arthritis.

Back Pain

If you’ve ever experienced back pain, you’re far from alone. Almost everyone experiences back pain at some point in their lives. But when it starts to interfere with your daily life, you realize how important it can be to treat it. Having a basic understanding of what causes that pain can help you manage it better.

The Basics of Back Pain

Lower back pain affects millions of Americans and can be acute (lasting from a few days to a few weeks) or chronic (lasting three months or more). Whether it’s caused by a sudden injury or simply by long-term stress, acute back pain is almost always mechanical in nature — the result of trauma to the back or a disorder like arthritis. It can even radiate to other parts of the body, making day-to-day motion extremely difficult. It is important to speak to your doctor before you start any treatment as there are many causes of back pain.

Treatment Options

Low back pain can often be treated without surgery through the use of exercise, stretching and various medications, among other techniques. Here are just a few ideas on how to manage back pain:

  • Rest, exercise and stretches — Bed rest, for a day or two at the most, may help relieve your back pain. Plus, proper exercises to strengthen the muscles around the area, and stretching to keep the tendons flexible, can all give you some relief.
  • Medication — There are many medications available for pain relief. You should always check with your doctor before taking medication, as certain pills can cause drowsiness, pregnancy complications, even liver damage.
  • Acupuncture — This practice involves the insertion of needles the width of a human hair along precise points throughout the body. Practitioners believe this process triggers the release of naturally occurring painkilling molecules and keeps the body’s normal flow of energy unblocked.

Knee Pain

Knee pain can make even the simplest activities difficult. Thankfully, you can do something about it.

Knees are among the most important joints in your body. They keep you mobile and make a range of activities possible. So when you start to feel pain, it’s a good idea to visit your doctor and find out why, and to treat it quickly.

The Basics of Knee Pain

Your knees support the weight of your body and provide stability as well as a “hinge” to help keep your body moving. But between standing, walking, running, jumping, crouching and turning, it’s easy to see how there are plenty of ways to sustain injury. Whether you’re suffering from arthritis or you’ve injured yourself, it’s good to know what treatment options are available to reduce the pain.

Treatment Options

There are several non-invasive treatments that work at managing knee pain. Here are just a few that are easy to apply:

  • Rest and elevation — Taking it easy will often allow the joint to heal, while keeping the injured joint elevated at a level higher than the heart can reduce swelling.
  • Ice and compression — Compressing the area with bandages, in addition to applying ice 3 to 4 times a day for 10 minutes at a time, can keep swelling to a minimum.
  • Exercises and stretching — Your doctor or physical therapist can help you develop an exercise program. It will likely include stretching, strengthening, range of motion and aerobic exercises.

Shoulder Pain

Millions of Americans suffer from shoulder pain each year. Here are a few tips on how to treat it.

The shoulder may be the most movable joint in the body, but it’s also one of the most unstable. As a result, many people come to experience pain in that area. When you start to experience shoulder pain, you should visit your doctor to find out why. Managing it before it gets any worse should be a priority.

The Basics of Shoulder Pain

The reason so many people experience pain in their shoulders is the design of the joint itself. The shoulder joint is highly dependent on the surrounding muscles and ligaments to hold it in place. As a result, sprains, strains, dislocations, separations, tendinitis, torn rotator cuffs, fractures and arthritis are common.

Treatment Options

There are several simple treatments that work at managing the pain. Here are just a few:

  • Rest — Taking it easy will often allow the joint to heal.
  • Ice and compression — Compressing the area with bandages, in addition to applying ice 3 to 4 times a day for 10 minutes at a time, can keep swelling to a minimum.
  • Exercises and stretching — Your doctor or physical therapist can help you develop an exercise program. It will likely include stretching, strengthening, range of motion and aerobic exercises.

It's your life. Pain shouldn't get in the way.

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  • Aleve is the #1 orthopedic-surgeon-recommended over-the-counter brand for minor arthritis pain.*
  • Aleve is the #1 over-the-counter pain reliever purchased by Arthritis households.
  • Aleve is the #1 pharmacist-recommended over-the-counter brand for minor arthritis pain.

* Source: Symphony Health Solutions, Q3 2014.

† Source: IRI Household Panel, Q3 2014.

‡ Source: Pharmacy Times OTC Guide, 2014.

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