Joint pains have become very common in recent times. Irregular eating habits, being overweight, a lack of physical activity, and inadequate sleep all leading to this problem, though women are more prone to it. It was once believed that osteoarthritis happened due to the erosion of cartilage. Cartilage acts as cushion to our joints and consists of water, protein, and sugar. Due to the aging process, accidents, and other reasons, the cartilage in our bodies becomes thin and looses its flexibility. When this happens, the bones start colliding among themselves and lead to joint pains.
Nowadays, we know that muscles, bones, nerves, and ligaments are also to blame for joint pain. Muscles support the joints and help in movement, but when the muscles weaken, any small bodily movements put pressure on our bones and nerves.
Due to incorrect walking habits and childhood malnutrition, some people develop crooked or bent leg bones. By putting pressure on said joints, the person can develop joint pains. Similarly, due to a lack of calcium, leg bones can become bent creating further joint pains.
Nerves and ligaments are found between the muscles and bones. They help in keeping bones and muscles in place, but can become weak due to accidents or lack of adequate body movement. Changes in gene structure have also been identified as a source of joint problems in young people. Feeling pain while sitting and getting up or while climbing stairs are all early sign of osteoarthritis. Sometimes, the pain will begin in one knee, but after some time begins to affect the other.
The treatment of joint problems depends on the stage of said problems. To start, a patient should control their weight, avoid sitting on the floor, exercise as advised by your doctor, avoid sour foods, and take calcium supplements. Avoid taking painkillers and use only medicines prescribed by a doctor. In extreme conditions, patients may need operations or even knee transplants. There are some home remedies to treat joint pains, such as:
- If there is swelling of the knees, boil some saunth powder in mustard oil and massage it onto your knees. Afterwards wrap them with a cloth.
- Avoid eating sour or cold foods.
- To lessen pain, mix soonth powder, block pepper powder, and fasting salt in equal quantities. Add honey and have two tablespoons daily.
- Heat a piece of bottlegourd and message the area with it.
- Eat strawberries.
- Eat walnuts and soonth powder mixed in castor oil
- Drink cucumber and carrot juice.