The world is full of claims when it comes to joint pain relief. There are devices, pills, creams and potions. All will tell you theirs is the best.
The Best in Joint Pain Relief – And Some Not So Good.
If you’re reading this, you probably have joint pain, or you know someone who does.
Joint pain is common. Perhaps one of the most common ailments there is. The causes are many:
- rheumatoid arthritis
The most common is knee pain followed by shoulder and hip pain. Joint replacement may be required in severe cases. Hands and ankles are also effected but replacement is not an option.
Forms of treatment include:
- Creams and rubs
- Physical therapy
- Alternative cures – such as acupuncture
What To Take
If you have mild joint pain with some swelling you probably know already, what the common over the counter reliefs are. Aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or naproxen sodium (Aleve). All are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory over the counter drugs.
Acetaminophen (Tylenol), is an option for those not in need of an anti-inflammatory. (no swelling).
There was a prescription drug known as Cox-2 inhibitors (celcoxib) but they have been pulled from the market. The only exception is Celebrex. The side effects include the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Severe pain may involve opioids prescribed by your doctor. They have their own side effects. Approach with caution.
What About The Other Stuff?
Capsaicin – It’s a topical agent found in chili peppers. Some say is gives relief from arthritis. It apparently helps in blocking pain signals by the release of endorphins, which block pain. Side effects are burning and stinging in the area where the cream is applied.
Injections – Doctor can inject a steroid medication. Injections may include hyaluronan, a synthetic version of the natural joint fluid. It is associated with treatments for osteoarthritis. There is also a therapy that extracts fluid from the joint.
Physical therapy – This is often used to strengthen muscles to aid in joint health. The use of physical therapy is a treatment for causes that include being over weight. If you are over weight, losing weight will take stress off of joints. like knees and ankles.
When exercising for weight loss as a part of joint pain physical therapy – do not use high impact exercises like jogging. Swimming and biking are the most recommended.
Home Care – Short-term joint pain home methods include braces and wraps. Several over the counter products are available. Advice includes resting the joint and avoiding any activities that cause pain. Frequent icing of the joint for short periods can help. The use of an elastic wrap to compress the joint, may bring relief. Finally, elevate the joint above heart level.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin supplement – Have had some success. It is a safe natural product sold as pills, (capsule or tablet) powder, and as a liquid. It has no reported side effects.
Australian Cream – This is a widely used cream that claims to relieve arthritis pain. Reviews are all over the board. Amazon (sells the product and is available here by clicking the image) shows that 56% of reviews are 5 Star.
Negative reviews include comments that it doesn’t work, the active ingredient is available elsewhere. It is over priced. The cost is around $28 for a 4oz jar. It is an odor free, greaseless cream. It contains 0.025% of Histamine Dihydrochloride, HDHC, a topical analgesic.
One review reported a similar product, ActivOn Topical Analgesic Arthritis Ultra Strength — 2 oz, that sells for about $9.00 at Amazon.
Sometimes I get concerned with reviews. It appears that those that have a reason to see Australian Cream be successful are stuffing the ballot box. There are reviews that are far to long and detailed to be written by an actual customer.
Attention Seniors: Actual review from Amazon.com. binky says:
To be fair, There are reviews praising the product. One includes a 90 year man who couldn’t walk without the use of Australian Cream.
The Willow Curve – Digital Anti-Inflammatory Device. The Willow Curve is a portable, low-level laser. It is designed to help temporarily reduce pain. No medications, no surgeries.
- Power Supply – Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery
- Physical Dimensions – 6.5″ x 3.75″ x 4.75″
- Box Dimensions – 8.6″ x 9″ x 6.75″
- Weight – 2.85 lbs
- Price – $599.00 +s/h
How does it work? The device has sensors similar to the watch you wear at the gym. It measures blood flow. Based on the readings, it transmits light and heat therapy to the area needing treatment. (based on the reading from the sensors)
Does it work? Depends on who you ask. The company has plenty of testimonials. The product is FDA cleared, ( don’t confused with FDA approved, a designation not available). FDA cleared, simply means it won’t hurt you.
Here is what you get. The chance to use light and heat at the same time. It’s expensive therapy.
Healthy Living After 60, rates this device as a 7 out of 10. The biggest draw back is the price. It’s expensive. If you have the money, are suffering, have tried all the other options and don’t want surgery, then give it a try. It does have a 60 day money back guarantee.
Tendlite World’s Top Red LED Light Therapy Joint Pain Relief
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 1 inches ; 9 ounces
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Origin: USA
- Price : $194.93 See on Amazon click —–>
If you read the review (above) on the Willow Curve, this product is the same light therapy with out the heat. It is FDA cleared (won’t hurt you). They make the claim that any pain in joints or muscles can be treated.
Recommended use is 2 to 3 times per day for a period of 1 minute.
Amazon, a certified retailer, has 677 reviews on the product of which 61% are 5 Star reviews.
The negative reviews, 10% ( 1 Star) said it was faulty or didn’t work.
Healthy Living After 60 rates this device as a 8 out of 10. If you have already tried the creams, pills and shots, then go ahead and invest the $200. The device won’t hurt you.
*”TenDlite uses the 660nm wavelength of red light that has been repeatedly shown in scientific studies to heal inflamed Joints and/or tearing Tendons, accelerating the local production of New Collagen.”
As with all things medical, Consult your doctor before making a decision about what’s best for you.
No matter what treatment your doctor recommends, get medical help right away if the pain gets intense, your joint suddenly becomes inflamed or deformed, or you can no longer use the joint at all.
Pain relief is a serious subject. This is by no means an exhaustive review. If you have comments or suggestions, please take a moment to drop a note in the comments area below. We read them all.