If you're experiencing joint pain and are looking for an osteoarthritis treatment, you're probably a woman over the age of 45.
How did I guess that? Well, women over the age of 45 are a high risk category for developing osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.
If you are experiencing menopause joint pain and are on the lookout for natural joint pain treatment, you're in the right place.
What Is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is not to be confused with osteoporosis.
While both of these conditions affect women over the age of 45, osteoporosis creates porous bones that fracture easily, while osteoarthritis causes inflammation and degeneration in your joints.
In fact, sometimes osteoarthritis is even called the "degenerative joint disease" or "wear-and-tear" arthritis.
Cartilage is a "cushiony" substance between the bones and the joints.
When you have osteoarthritis, the cartilage in your joints has been irritated by years of use, and it breaks down.
Typical joints that develop osteoarthritis are hip, neck, lower back, thumbs, fingers, knees. But, you can have osteoarthritis in any of your joints.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for this condition, but you can use an osteoarthritis treatment to help your joints feel better and to help you complete your everyday tasks.
Why Us Women?
Up until the age of 45, osteoarthritis is more common in men than women. But, after that age, it affects more women than men.
Why? Well, it seems to have something to do with estrogen, but researchers are still unclear on this point.
Osteoarthritis Treatment: Lifestyle
Try changing some things about your lifestyle for your joint pain treatment.
If you start them early enough, they can prevent you from needing joint replacements in the future.
But, if your joints begin to hurt during any movement, stop and take a break.
Put insoles in your shoes to give yourself a little extra support and cushion your joints.
Osteoarthritis Treatment: Supplements
These supplements can bring you natural joint pain relief. Try them out!
Be sure to talk with your doctor about your joint pain. If your pain is severe, or if the above guidelines don't help, your doctor may suggest other osteoarthritis treatment options including acetaminophen, strong painkillers, cortisone shots, joint replacements, and surgery to realign your bones.
Be sure to seek the support that you need. Dealing with chronic pain is a difficult process and should be done with the support of others in similar situations. You may want to join a chronic pain support group where you will talk with other people going through similar situations.
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