According to a 2016 study conducted by the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimate of 10.5 million people suffered from joint pain in 2002. By 2014, that number increased to 14.6 million and is projected to affect 78.4 million adults in 2040, with a majority of the cases most likely being related to arthritis¹. Therefore, for those dealing with severe joint pain, you’re definitely not alone. Joint pain is a symptom of various conditions such as arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and gout. Dealing with any of these can cause anyone’s quality of life to decrease tremendously, and sometimes people might find that the usual prescribed medications may do very little to actually help their problems. Thankfully, there are some natural remedies that people can turn to that could make a difference in coping with any of these issues.
For certain joint pain conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, the food that someone consumes often comes into play. Some foods can lower inflammation within the body meanwhile other foods could irritate the pain and make it worse. For example, lectins; an anti-nutrient, is known for being a major cause to obesity, chronic inflammation and autoimmune diseases. Those with joint pain will be encouraged to avoid any foods containing lectins as it could potentially worsen their pain and inflammation. Some foods may contribute to an allergic reaction such as swelling which can also worsen joint pain symptoms, meanwhile others (such as processed foods or nightshade vegetables) contain ingredients which automatically cause inflammation. This is one of the many reasons why LifeWorks recommends the Paleo Diet, since the Paleo restricts all foods that contain pesticides, toxins or chemicals that could irritate the joint pain. If your joint pain feels unbearable, a simple switch in your diet might make a big difference to the amount of joint pain you experience.
When someone has a lower pain tolerance, it could mean that their neurotransmitter levels are low as well. Opiates; drugs that are normally prescribed to treat chronic pain, including joint conditions, are slowly being discouraged by the medical industry due to people becoming more reliant and addicted to them rather than permanently healing the pain. An article from Sanesco Health in Balance mentioned that, “although the exact mechanisms behind many types of chronic pain are not fully understood, pain is associated with the imbalances of neurotransmitters. These include inhibitory neurotransmitters serotonin and GABA, as well as excitatory neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine”². While neurotransmitter levels aren’t a cause to someone’s joint pain particularly, they have an effect on the severity of the pain that someone might feel. At LifeWorks we recommend getting your neurotransmitters tested and if any are too high or too low, we can treat them naturally until they are balanced.
Low B Vitamins
B Vitamins are essential for everyday health, so if someone has a B vitamin deficiency, many side effects can occur. For those who suffer with joint pain, having a B vitamin deficiency could make a difference between severe pain and none at all. According to a few case studies, individuals who were suffering from lower back pain and took a daily dose of vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 for three days total had reported to have pain reduction and an improvement in mobility³.
Seeking out treatment is a great way to control joint pain, however if you’re seeking a natural treatment, Prolozone Therapy is highly recommended. Prolozone is a procedure that merges neural therapy and ozone together in order to treat damaged tissues and chronic pain, including pain in the joints, and has proven to permanently heal any or all types of joint pain. This therapy is optional, however highly encouraged for those who cannot bare their pain any longer. LifeWorks Wellness Center offers Prolozone Therapy for those suffering from back pain, knee pain, or any other chronic pain within the joints.
Using ice is one of the most common forms of treating any kind of joint pain or injury. While ice is not a source of healing the problem permanently, it is one of the easiest ways to decrease the swelling of pulled muscles, joints, tendons and injured ligaments. For some, an ice bath could make a difference while coping with joint pain.
LifeWorks Wellness Center welcomes anyone who may be suffering from joint pain and wants to try Prolozone Therapy to schedule an appointment today. Please call 727-466-6789.