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20 Proven Natural Remedies for Stiff Joints

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20 Proven Natural Remedies for Stiff Joints

If your joints hurt, then you certainly should read what follows.

We will deal comprehensively with what causes joint pain and what you can do about managing the problem.

We will discuss natural remedies that can help ease your pain and stiffness without any of the toxic effects of drugs.

You can try these natural remedies to ease your pain.

However, if you have a serious problem, then you really need to be evaluated and treated by a doctor.

Later, we will discuss the symptoms that indicate you should see a doctor.

 

Why Do People Get Stiff Joints?

 

Many people get joint pain and stiffness as they age.

When you use your joints for many years, it takes a toll on them.

A lot of people get stiffness upon waking.

When you lie down overnight, the inactivity causes less lubricating fluid to be released into the joints.

This can make it more difficult to move your joints upon waking.

Stiffness in the joints might trouble you only for a brief period each day.

On the other hand, the stiffness might be a larger problem that impacts your mobility to a greater degree.

Sometimes pain and inflammation accompany the stiffness.

This can make using your joints very difficult.

Stiff joints are not always caused by aging.

Medical conditions such arthritis and lupus, as well as a person’s weight and diet, also can impact joint mobility.

 

Causes

 

Rheumatoid Arthritis

 

The most typical cause of joint pain is arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition that afflicts around 1.5 million Americans.

People usually are affected by this condition between the ages of 30 and 60.

RA is a chronic inflammatory condition.

It is also an autoimmune condition, which means the immune system attacks your body; scientists haven’t discovered the reason why.

In this case, it attacks the lining of your joints. This results in inflammation, soreness, and stiffness.

It also can result in joint deformity and bone erosion.

RA has no known cure. The only option is managing the symptoms through regular treatment.

As the condition progresses, not much can be done to prevent disability.

 

Osteoarthritis

 

Another type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which affects over 30 million people in the U.S.

It generally occurs in people over the age of 65 and is caused by wear and tear on your joints.

The cartilage in your joints wears down with use; after a while, there is not sufficient cartilage to protect your bones.

OA most commonly affects the:

  • knees
  • hips
  • fingers
  • neck
  • back

After a time, other symptoms may occur. These include:

  • pain
  • swelling
  • decreased range of motion
  • cracking sounds when the joint is in motion

As the condition progresses, you may find that your bones break more easily.

You might get bone spurs. After a time, you may lose cartilage completely.

This can cause real disability.

OA can be treated. In severe cases, joint replacement might be necessary.

 

Lupus

 

Lupus is also an autoimmune disease.

It causes the immune system to attack the body’s organs and tissues.

Lupus is hard to diagnose because its symptoms are similar to other conditions.

There is no cure for lupus, but treatments can reduce and control the symptoms.

 

Bursitis

 

The bursae are little sacs that cushion the different structures in your joints.

When those sacs become inflamed, you develop bursitis.

This results in stiffness and pain in the affected joint.

Bursitis happens most typically in the:

  • elbow
  • shoulder
  • hip

Bursitis is often temporary, and it is treated by resting the affected joint for a while.

 

Gout

 

Gout is a form of arthritis.

It happens when crystals of uric acid form between the joints. Treatments are available.

 

Bone Cancer

 

Although it is rare, bone cancer can be the cause of pain and stiffness in the joints.

If your joints hurt, then it may be the result of bone cancer, which almost always causes increasing bone or joint pain.

 

How to Avoid Stiffness in the Joints

 

The best way to ease stiffness in the joints will depend upon the cause.

If your stiffness bothers you for more than half an hour after you awaken, or if your symptoms are getting worse, then you need to seek medical attention.

 

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