Joints, tendons and bursae are part of the musculoskeletal system and complaints with these parts of the body can seriously impair daily life. Loss of function, pain, stiffness, swelling, redness, warmth or coldness of the affected areas are often heard symptoms. If your symptoms are not the aftereffect of an accident or caused by overstraining, it is advisable to be examined by a doctor to determine whether you have developed a rheumatic disorder.
When a diagnosis has been determined, a treatment plan can be designed based on the particular need to support your complaint. If you have a rheumatic disorder, then the use of anti-inflammatory drugs, analgesics, corticosteroids or antipyretics is commonly advised by your doctor and necessary to control tissue damage. You can choose to adjust your lifestyle to help minimize the attacks of pain and inflammation.
I give support in the areas of nutrition and pain relief. Nutritional therapy may include supplementation including Glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSM
. Natural anti-inflammatory remedies are Boswellia
The studies into the special green-lipped mussel from New Zealand are positive and worth trying. These can also slow down degeneration of the cartilage and reduce symptoms. The affected areas can be treated with herbal preparations. My grandmother's tip; in Autumn put a chestnut in the pocket of your raincoat, pains will stay away much longer!