Joint Pain Relief

Joint pain and glucosamine supplements

If you’re looking for joint pain relief then you’ll be glad to know that it is available in many forms from glucosamine tablets to exercise supports and gels. Finding the best relief for you can be a bit of a minefield that’s why we’re discussing the options available to you and what might work best to ease your joint pain.

What can I do to relieve aching joints?

  • Exercise - a great way to strengthen the muscles around your joints and in turn reduce joint pain
  • Eat a healthier diet – it has been said that joint pain such as arthritis can be eased with a healthy diet packed with Omega-3, Vitamin D and C. If you are looking to lose weight, this can also really help ease pressure and pain on your joints
  • Use pain relief gel – Anti-inflammatory gels such as Flexiseq, are specially formulated to ease joint pain and reduce stiffness
  • Use anti-inflammatory cream - applied topically to skin, these creams can help to relieve joint pain
  • Try supports - If you experience joint pain when exercising, you can use straps or supports to ease pain. Find out more about looking after your joints when you exercise here
  • Take joint health supplements – supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin are said to help ease joint stiffness and pain
  • Try over the counter pain remedies – Ibuprofen, including Flarin can help to relive swelling around the joints, as well as easing stiffness and reduce your pain
  • Lose weight - did you know that every pound of excess weight exerts around 4pounds of extra pressure on your knees? If you would like to know more about how to begin losing weight and perhaps alleviate your knee joint pain, read our healthy weight loss guide

Do glucosamine supplements help with joint pain?

Glucosamine, chondroitin and msm (methylsulfonyl methane) are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and ability to ease joint pain. Many people take these supplements in a bid to ease their symptoms and support the natural processes of their body.

Glucosamine sulphate, sometimes spelt sulfate, is found naturally in the body. Glucosamine is a building block for many parts of your joints, including tendons, cartilage, synovial fluid and ligaments. Those with joint pain can use glucosamine to help keep their joints healthy and to boost the body’s natural levels of glucosamine.

Glucosamine supplements are made from shellfish or vegetarian options are available; and the tablets can be bought from LloydsPharmacy online and instore or supermarkets.

Similarly to glucosamine, chondroitin is a natural substance found in the body that helps cartilage to retain water. Chondroitin is usually combined with glucosamine to provide joint supplements that support joint pain and offer relief.

What vitamins are good for your joints?

If you eat a healthy balanced diet you should be able to get all of the vitamins your body needs to function. However if you experience joint pain you might want to consider taking extra vitamins and minerals to help support your joints. These vitamins include:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids are found in naturally oily fish such as mackerel and salmon, these can be helpful for those with inflammatory arthritis
  • Vitamin D helps to maintain strong bones and healthy muscles. Not getting enough vitamin D can lead to a condition called osteoporosis, which is a weakening of the bones.

Sources

www.nhs.uk/news/2011/05May/Documents/BtH_supplements.pdf

www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/complementary-and-alternative-medicines/complementary-therapies/diet-and-supplements.aspx

www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/arthritis-diet/best-foods-for-arthritis/best-foods-for-arthritis.php

www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/complementary-and-alternative-medicines/cam-report/complementary-medicines-for-osteoarthritis/glucosamine.aspx

www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/comorbidities/obesity-arthritis/fat-and-arthritis.php

www.arthritis-health.com/types/general/how-care-swollen-knee

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Finding the best joint pain reliever for you can take a lot of trial and error, what works for one person may not work for all. Many people take glucosamine for its anti-inflammatory affect, as well as omega-3 fatty acids which are also believed to help to control inflammation.

Some people find that certain foods make their arthritis worse, and that cutting them out help. These foods include citrus fruits such as oranges and vegetables such as potatoes tomatoes and chillies. However Arthritis UK do not recommend that you cut these fruits and vegetables from your diet as they contain important nutrients*.

*www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/daily-life/diet-and-arthritis/should-i-avoid-certain-foods

If you are experiencing swelling around your kneecap, this could be because you have a build-up of fluid on the knee. This effusion indicates that there is a problem with your knee and if it is accompanied by pain or other symptoms you should visit you GP. Before you see the doctor you should practise RICE – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation to help treat your knee.