Joint Injury and Disease Information, Treatment and Pain Relief


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Joint Injury Treatment

Often times the most common practice to treat an injured joint is a combination of medication, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen (i.e., Advil, Motrin) to reduce inflammation and pain within the injured joint, and splints or braces of various types to help rest the joint.

Are Anti-Inflammatory (NSAIDs) & Pain Killers The Correct Coarse Of Treatment For A Joint Injury

Well lets have a look at the possible side effects of these drugs,

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NSAIDs are associated with a number of side effects. The frequency of side effects varies between the drugs. The most common side effects are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, decreased appetite, rash, dizziness, headache, and drowsiness. NSAIDs may also cause fluid retention, leading to edema. The most serious side effects are kidney failure, liver failure, ulcers and prolonged bleeding after an injury or surgery. Some individuals are allergic to NSAIDs and may develop shortness of breath when an NSAID is administered. People with asthma are at a higher risk for experiencing serious allergic reaction to NSAIDs. Individuals with a serious allergy to one NSAID are likely to experience a similar reaction to a different NSAID. Use of aspirin in children and teenagers with chicken pox or influenza (flu) has been associated with the development of Reye's syndrome. Therefore, aspirin and nonaspirin salicylates (e.g. salsalate) should not be used in children and teenagers with suspected or confirmed chicken pox or influenza.

With which drugs do NSAIDs interact?

NSAIDs reduce blood flow to the kidneys and therefore reduce the action of diuretics and decrease the elimination of lithium (Eskalith) and methotrexate (Rheumatrex). NSAIDs also decrease the ability of the blood to clot and therefore increase bleeding time. When used with other drugs that also increase bleeding time, there is an increased likelihood of bleeding complications. Therefore, individuals who are taking drugs that reduce the ability of blood to clot should avoid prolonged use of NSAIDs. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may also increase blood pressure in patients with hypertension and therefore antagonize the action of drugs that are used to treat hypertension.

Do Anti-Inflammatory (NSAIDs) & Pain Killers Heal an Injured Joint?

Plain and simple NO they do not, they only reduce or block the pain of the injury. Not only do they not treat or heal the source of the injury they can actually make it worse. If you have an injury that the pain stops you from walking, such as a knee injury that is a sign from your body that something serious is wrong. By taking medications that only block your bodies abiliaty through pain to tell you something is wrong and you continue to use your knee in a normal way such as walking or running you can actually cause more damage to the already injured area.

Blocking the pain through pain killers and anti-inflammatories is not treating the source of your injury.

Proper Treatment of a Joint Injury

Most joint injuries are caused by trauma to the joint such as catching your fingers in a closing door, or the ligaments in the joint being stretched too far or torn completely, from twisting or hyper-extending a joint. Unfortunately in the case of a major or complete tear of a ligament, surgery is often the only course to repair the damage. Your physician will diagnose the extent of your injury and recommend the proper treatment

With minor joint injuries following the R.I.C.E course of treatment is the best and safest way to completely heal.

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Upon spraining your joint you will experience sharp localized pain that could persist for a few days but should gradually subside and become much more bearable. In these initial stages it is important to reduce the swelling in the area and to control the pain as much as you can. The RICE (Rest Ice Compression Elevation) method has long been a tried and true treatment for sprains. The best way to heal is to reduce swelling and rest the joint, the RICE method facilitates this as well as a quicker healing time. Our cold/warm compression wraps allow you to actively treat yourself using the RICE method. They work because they interrupt and slow nerve and cell function in the damaged area. Once blood vessels are damaged they can no longer carry oxygenated blood to the damaged tissue and therefore cells begin to break-down. The deep cold provided by our cold/warm compression wraps slows cell function thereby reducing cellular break-down. Furthermore, because the cold wraps serve to numb the nerves the wraps also reduce pain!

When treating a sprain it is important for the injured ligaments to fully heal as repeated mild sprains may lead to thickening of the ligaments and irritation of the joint. Recurring sprains, caused by a progressive weakening of the ligaments can lead to chronic conditions. Furthermore, constant re-injury means longer healing time which increases the amount of scar tissue that builds up in your joint. Scar tissue is hard, inflexible, and tough to get rid of. The more scar tissue that develops, the more you lose the range of motion for that joint. The more scar tissue that develops, the more likely you are to have chronic pain or arthritis. Scar tissue means that your joint doesn't perform as well as it once did and it makes it much more prone to injury again later on.

More serious or chronic joint injury often requires a more aggressive approach to ensure a complete heal.

To help you heal quickly, and more importantly, completely after the initial stages of swelling have been controlled it would then be beneficial to apply heat to the area. Heat promotes blood flow which will flush the injured tissues of cellular waste, while providing nutrients to the torn tissues. Furthermore, heat will enable the muscles, tendons and ligaments to move more freely. When it comes time for more aggressive rehabilitation, stretching and activity, the heat therapy provided by our warm/cold compression wraps will warm your muscles in the injured area, which will increase range of motion and allow for a safer more thorough stretch.

In order to accomplish all of these things, minimize pain, and reduce swelling, limit scar tissue, and increase range of motion for proper rehabilitation ultrasound is the answer! Ultrasound provides deep penetrating heat, up to 3 inches deep, to the injured tissues. Adding ultrasound to the proven successful R.I.C.E. method means you are getting the best possible therapeutic healing treatment available to you! When weighing the risk and cost of alternate treatments there is simply no substitute for ultrasound and the U.R.I.C.E. method. Therapeutic kits from MendMeShop provide you with the tools necessary to relieve the pain of joint injuries and dramatically speed the healing.

Do you have more questions?

If you have any questions regarding our therapeutic products and your treatment options, please contact a MendMeShop Advisor for assistance. You can be assured all your questions will be answered in a thorough and courteous manner by our trained staff.

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