Joint pain and discomfort can keep you from participating in your favorite activities or even make it difficult to get out of bed in the morning. It’s time you take back control of your own life and start living the most comfortable way you can. How can you do this? Well, when it comes to joint pain there are two main options on how to ease your stiffness and get you back on your feet. Most people take a over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or tylenol, while others take daily joint supplements, and others still, take a combination of both. To help you make the best decision regarding your joints, we’ll outline the differences between the two and benefits for each.
The joints in your body are cushioned by both fluid and cartilage. When the fluid decreases and/or the cartilage wears thin, either due to injury, age or disease, friction between the joints can increase dramatically, causing you pain and a loss of mobility. As you are trying to relieve your joint pain and stiffness, it is important to understand how joint supplements differ from the standard over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers in purpose and function.
OTC pain relievers can provide an immediate relief from pain – at least temporarily, but OTCs only treat the most visible symptom (the pain). They cannot do anything to treat the root cause of your joint pain problem or improve overall joint health. And, just as with steroid injections or stronger prescription medications, your doctor will need to closely monitor your OTC consumption to avoid possible long term side effects, especially an increased risk of gastrointestinal bleeding. Other possible side effects include heartburn, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, allergic reactions, ringing in the ears and slight deafness.
Joint supplements, on the other hand, will not provide an instant relief in pain. They are designed to give your body the nutritional support it needs for healthy joints. The supplements, depending on the formula, can act as both an anti-inflammatory agent and a lubricant. By working at the root of the issue and improving overall joint health, the best joint supplements will ease pain levels by decreasing inflammation, stiffness, and replacing natural occurring elements in the body that have worn away due to injury and age. The improvements will be gradual, but improved joint health will usually lead to a reduction in pain and improved mobility. Joint supplements are a long term strategy. Unlike OTCs, steroids or prescription pain medication, a quality joint supplement formula, produced by a reputable company does not pose the risk of any significant side effects.
If you are experiencing moderate to severe pain, your doctor will most likely advise that you try both OTCs and joint supplements to improve the quality of your life. In the fight to improve and maintain your health, a multi-strategy approach may work best to reduce your pain. Joint supplements will continue to play an important role. It will be crucial for you to educate yourself on the ingredients of joint supplements and what to look for when purchasing one.
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