Pain Relief and Management for Arthritis

Arthritis is a reference to joint inflammation. It is also a term used to refer to hundreds of rheumatic diseases. These diseases cause swelling, stiffness and pain in the joints and other body parts.

Arthritis literally means joint inflammation, but the term is often used to refer to a group of more than 100 rheumatic diseases that can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints. These diseases may affect not only the joints, but also other parts of the body, such as the supporting structures (muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments) and internal organs.

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One of the ways of managing arthritis pain is through the use of homemade remedies.  It is however important to only go for such a solution when the doctor says it is fine to do so.

Turmeric and ginger are both anti-inflammatorys, and will help with oseto and rheumatoid arthritis. Turmeric in particular has gotten a lot of attention lately. Its active ingredient is something called curcumin, which is a powerful antioxidant. In addition, it lowers the levels of 2 enzymes responsible for causing inflammation (which is what we’re often fighting with arthritis.) You can take these in a capsule form or make a nice spicy tea to enjoy daily.

Epsom salt contains magnesium sulfate which sounds kind of scary, but it’s really quite a wonderful substance. A naturally occurring mineral, magnesium sulfate has been used to get relief from pain for years, namely because of its high levels of magnesium.

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There are plenty of home remedies apart from turmeric, ginger and Epson salt but relief can also come in form of habits. There are things a person can do to lessen the pain suffered due to arthritis.

Hard as it might be to believe, some of your everyday habits could actually be making your arthritis pain worse. From gradual weight gain to giving in to the temptation not to exercise, your lifestyle choices could be doing more harm to your aching knees and other painful joints than you realize.

Control Weight Gain

Has the needle on your scale been inching up? Your aching knees may be responding directly to that weight gain. Being overweight or obese means your joints must carry a greater load, and this causes the wear and tear that characterizes osteoarthritis. If you want arthritis pain relief, losing even 10 pounds will help.

Get Up and Move

Lounging may be a good thing for a Sunday afternoon, but if it is a daily habit, you may actually be adding to your arthritis pain. It sounds counterintuitive, but don’t use aching knees or other joint pain as an excuse for being physically inactive.

Although arthritis can make it difficult to get started with an exercise plan, it is important that you do so. Water-based activities are especially good for arthritis pain relief. Not near a pool? Increasing the distance you walk every day can help.

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When the pain becomes too much to bear then prescribed pain killers can be used to control the pain. These drugs are to be used when and how the doctor prescribes.


Types of painkillers (analgesics) include:

  • Simple analgesics like paracetamol
  • More complex analgesics, which are chemically related to morphine (sometimes combined with paracetamol, e.g. co-codamol, co-dydramol)
  • Tramadol, oxycodone, slow-release morphine, or patches containing fentanyl or buprenorphine.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

Types of NSAIDs include:

  • Aspirin or ibuprofen tablets, which you can buy over the counter at chemists and supermarkets without a prescription
  • Diclofenac, naproxen or indometacin tablets, which are available with a doctor’s prescription
  • Gels or creams which can be applied to the painful joint (for example, ibuprofen, diclofenac)
  • A newer type of NSAID commonly called ‘coxibs’ (e.g. celecoxib), which are designed to control pain and inflammation.

Coxibs are less likely to cause indigestion and stomach ulcers sometimes linked with older NSAIDs.

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