Despite what many people may think, arthritis is not an “old person’s disease.” The fact is, about 50 million Americans of all ages live with some form of arthritis. But how do you know if you’re hurting from a sports injury or from arthritis? And if arthritis is causing your pain, how can you manage it?
There are two main types of pain: Acute and chronic. Acute pain is often described as a sharp, throbbing, shooting or stinging feeling, which can be brief (burning your hand on a stove or pulling away from a knife cut) or linger after an injury or surgical procedure.
Chronic pain (aching, dull, burning or throbbing pain) is pain that lasts for at least three months. But for some people, it can last as long as six months and continue for years. Arthritis pain, migraine headaches, nerve damage and low back pain are examples of chronic pain.
Many people manage their pain with over-the-counter and prescription medications, which typically do not treat the pain source. For other people, medications work best as a complementary therapy to long-term pain management techniques, which might include:
Other helpful arthritis pain management techniques include getting regular massages, practicing meditation and taking herbal supplements. Consult your doctor before adopting a new exercise routine, nutritional program or supplement regimen.
Whether you’re experiencing the pain of an injury, or the chronic pain of arthritis, getting the expert care you need is close to home. At Pomona Valley Health Centers (PVHC) our experienced, board-certified physicians are ready to provide effective arthritis management strategies, tools and total support to help you stay out of pain.
For all your health needs, from family medicine to urgent care, you’ll find a commitment to prompt, convenient, cost-friendly health care at PVHC. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 909-630-7829 or click here to use our online form.
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