Infomation about Arthralgia


What Is Arthralgia

Arthralgia, which is also known as Joint Pain, can either be inflammation or discomfort that occurs in one or multiple joints in the body.  Arthralgia is commonly associated with conditions like Arthritis, which has to do with inflammation in the joint. Joints are what allow us to move and joint pain can occur in the knees, hips, elbows, or shoulders.  Arthralgia can either stem from a medical condition, an injury, or an infection, and commonly affects children, adults, or the elderly.

Signs Of Arthralgia

Arthralgia can either be mild or severe, depending on the actions one does and how inflamed or tense the joint is.  The most prevalent symptom of Arthralgia is joint pain, but the cause of the pain can vary.  You may notice swelling, inflammation, or tenderness in the affected joint, especially if you do certain movements that put strain on the joint.  Indications of Arthralgia can include the following:

  • Tenderness when touched
  • Inflammation
  • Swelling
  • Restricted movement in the affected joint
  • Bruising
What Causes Arthralgia

The most common cause of Arthralgia is Arthritis, either Osteoarthritis (OA) or Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).  Arthralgia usually occurs in the joints that are most frequently used, for example, the wrists, hips, knees, elbows, or shoulders.  While this is a common cause, other things like injuries, overuse, ligament or tendon tears, or even bone breaks or fractures.  Common causes for Arthralgia include:

  • Arthritis
  • Injury
  • Overuse of the joint
  • Bursitis
  • Gout
  • Infections or diseases
  • Cancer
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Tendonitis (inflammation of a tendon)
  • Lupus

Dherbs Approach...adjusting your diet is always key!

Natural Remedies
  • Weight loss is an effective, although not necessarily the easiest, way to diminish Arthralgia.  Eliminating processed foods, sugar, alcohol, salt, meat, dairy, and genetically modified foods from your diet is a good way to start.  Solely eating plant-based foods is great way to lose weight and get you the proper nutrients you need.  It's also important to get the right amount of omega-3 fatty acids.  Also, adding turmeric to your dishes can help because it has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce swelling or inflammation in the affected joint.  Accompany your diet with easy workouts that don't put too much stress on the joints (biking and swimming are great options).  After losing 10-20 pounds, Arthralgia should reduce.
  • Many people with Arthralgia find that acupuncture aids their symptoms.  While it doesn't work for everyone, it can help to relieve pain and inflammation in the affected joint(s) by promoting healthy circulation in the affected area
  • Using hot and cold treatments can dramatically affect how your joints feel.  Hot showers and baths, especially in the mornings, help ease the stiffness in the joints.  Applying an ice pack to the affected joint can also help reduce pain.  If you have a hot pad or hot water bottle, alternating from hot to cold treatments can help benefit you.
  • Meditation or other relaxation exercises can help Arthralgia because it reduces stress levels.  Those with Arthritis and depression were helped the most by meditation, so this may be an effective way for you to reduce your symptoms.  Similarly, getting massages helps move the fluid in the body and loosen the joints.  Massages also help people with Arthralgia establish a better range of motion. 
  • Taking Epsom salt baths can help naturally relax the body and provide relief from Arthralgia.  If the pain is in your ankle, elbow, or wrist, you can make a mini bath using a large bowl of warm water and 1/2 cup Epsom salt.  Mix the salt in the water and soak the affected joint in the bath for about 15 minutes.  
  • Apple cider vinegar can be a helpful remedy for Arthralgia because it helps remove toxins from the sore joints and affected tissues.  It also has the added plus of helping to alkalize the body, which is especially great for those with Arthritis.  Mix about 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in with a glass of water and drink this once or twice a day before your meals.  You can massage apple cider vinegar onto the affected joint for topical healing. 
Things you should eat
  • Turmeric
  • Ginger
  • Soy Beans or Edamame
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Cherries
  • Broccoli
  • Green Tea
  • Citrus
  • Beans
  • Pine or Brazil Nuts
  • Almonds
  • Dark Leafy Greens (spinach, kale, & chard)
  • Bananas
  • Avocados
  • Fenugreek
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Garlic
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