Joint pain can result from trauma, abnormal pressure, degeneration or inflammation affecting any part of a joint – including cartilage, bone, ligaments, tendons or muscles. Joint afflictions as above can result in pain, discomfort, inability to carry out daily life functions, deformities, etc.
Joint pain is called arthralgia and when there is inflammation it is labeled as arthritis. The causes for the joint pain could be the natural degeneration process, injury or trauma resulting in deformity, abnormal biomechanics/pressures. Thus, age, physical activity level, medical conditions affecting joints and family medical history are all risk factors of joint pain. The joint pain treatment will depend, to some extent, on the cause of the problem.
Although any joint can be affected but wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles are more commonly affected joints.
Joint pain can be mild, causing soreness only after certain activities, or it can be severe, making even limited movement, particularly bearing weight, extremely painful. Joint pain can range from mildly irritating to debilitating. It may go away after a few weeks (acute), or last for several weeks or months (chronic).
Chronic Pain which has begun acutely or insidiously over a period often increases over time with poorly planned treatments and or neglect. Gradually the neural system gets sensitized and aggravating or precipitating factors result in persisting pain with poor response to medication or treatments. Chronic pain episodes occur more often and it can spread to other locations in the body. Pain can affect mood and become a constant irritant / distressing in daily life. Chronic pain management is changing rapidly. Treatment is becoming more focused on improving function and overall health as well as pain control.
Chronic pain leads to slowing down of the sufferer because of fear, apprehension, and anxiety that activity may hurt. They become more inactive, both physically and socially, and emotionally irritable. Over time, physical inactivity leads to increased pain resulting in a recurring vicious cycle of Chronic Pain syndromes.
Management at AktivHealth :
The basic principle of chronic pain management is to identify the root cause of the problem and aggravating factors by a thorough evaluation. The downward cycle of pain and reduced functional activity must be broken to bring about functional improvement and reduction of pain.
Every individual sufferer is managed with effective pain management including medications, personalized physical activity program and psychological help, i.e. cognitive-behavioral counseling.
We at AktivHealth which is a specialized pain management center have devised effective therapeutic protocols with the help of scientific principles and functional manual therapy, which help the individual sufferer in his pain management and bring about a positive qualitative change in his life