Feb 13, 2012
The most common join injury is a sprain. A sprain occurs when the ligaments and tendons around a joint are stretched. In a severe sprain, these tissues may be torn. A sprain is often accompanied by painful swelling of the joint. The blood vessels and muscles around the joint may also be injured. A sprain results when the joint is moved too far, often from a sudden, unexpected twist or from too much pressure. A twisted ankle is a common example of a a sprain. Sprains usually heal by themselves, but slowly. All sprains should be examined by a doctor since some injuries that feel like sprains are actually fractures.
Another type of joint injury is a dislocation. In a dislocation, the ends of the bone are pulled out of the joint. The ligaments connected to the joint are severely stretched or torn. Dislocation of the shoulder joint is a common injury. The dislocated bone ends must be placed back into position and held in place with a bandage or cast until the tissues held.The cartilage in joints is often damaged. Cartilage can be torn if the joint receives a strong blow. The resulting swelling may not allow free movement in the joint. Torn cartilage is a serious condition, usually requiring surgical removal or all or part of the damaged cartilage. cartilage tears are all too common in the knees, particularly among football players.
Not all joint problems are caused by an injury. Bursitis is a joint problem that may not be directly related to an injury. Bursitis is the painful inflammation of small sacs located near joints. These sacs, called bursae, lie between tendons or between tendons and bones. Without these sacs, the tendons would rub against each other. After an injury or infection, or because of overuse, the bursae sometimes becomes inflamed. Bursitis is very common in the shoulder and the knee. Treatment for mild cases includes resting that part of the body, heat, and painkillers. Injections of medicine, or surgery, are sometimes used in more serious cases.
There are many alternative herbs that might be used for joint pain making them helpful alternatives to prescription medications. These herbs include; Turmeric which contains curcumin, a unique phytonutrient complex that naturally blocks inflammatory and Ginger extract which has multiple compounds, grape seed extract and the Chinese herb hu zhang, which help reverse free radical damage to the joint and muscle tissue.While it is important to reduce inflammation, joints also need nutritional support to help repair damaged tissue. Glucosamine is one natural compound that actually repairs and restores connective tissue, including cartilage, tendons, and ligaments.
Studies show that glucosamine assists the body's own repair mechanism by promoting the production of collagen, a protein that holds connective tissue together.I would suggest to you that if you have joint pain you need to consult your physician and determine the best plan for healing for you, either by prescriptions or by natural healing or even surgery.
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