Arthritis is a health condition that is described by inflammatory processes in joints and symptoms of pain and stiffness associated with them. There are different forms of arthritis, which may differ in the affected area, severity of symptoms and the actual causes behind the condition. And when it comes to relieving painful sensations associated with arthritis, the actual management depends not only on the type of arthritis the person is affected with, but other factors as well: age, sex, lifestyle, individual tolerance to different pain relief techniques. There are two main forms of arthritis: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Combined, they affect over 40 million people only in the United States. – Osteoarthritis is a degenerative health condition described by gradual deterioration of the cartilage (the tissue between bones in joints), which leads to pain and stiffness. – Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory condition that impacts the lining of the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is less common than osteoarthritis, but it's usually more severe.
The treatment option you will choose when relieving arthritis pain depends on the actual type of arthritis you are diagnosed with and it's severity. That's why it is very important to consult with your physician in order to determine the actual problem and its causes. There are different ways to treat arthritis and manage pain associated with the condition. And it's important to understand that what might work for one patient doesn't necessarily help the other. There are individual aspects to any treatment option, and the range of factors to be considered is quite broad. One of the main aspects of dealing with arthritis is focusing on the pain relief aspect of the problem. There are both short and long term pain relief options available and one should choose what suits him or her best, before engaging in a pain management technique.
Of course, the most obvious pain relief method is using painkiller and anti-inflammatory drugs. Common painkillers such as Tramadol can effectively eliminate painful sensations associated with arthritis for a certain period of time. Tramadol and some other painkillers are also available in extended release forms that are very helpful for relieving chronic pain. Anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen also provide pain relief effects by reducing the inflammation in the affected area for a period of time. Besides drugs, there are other options to relieve arthritis pain with. One of such options is TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation). This pain management technique involves as small unit that sends electric charges to nerve endings in the affected area. By doing so, a TENS unit stimulates the production of endorphins (natural painkillers) in the brain. As a result the person experiences pain relief without having to take any pills or experiencing possible side effects. However, one should remember that both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are chronic health conditions, which require long term pain management techniques to be employed.
Taking Tramadol on a regular basis won't improve the condition – it will just provide the necessary pain relief effect. First of all, patients should consider special drugs like disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and corticosteroids. These substances are employed to minimize and halt the development of inflammation in joints. Besides drugs, arthritis patients are usually prescribed with special courses of exercise and therapy that is aimed at improving the functioning of the affected joint. This also helps improve health in overall.