Joint Pain Relief

Fitness Expert

Causes of joint pains and relief creams available.

Every time you run for a bus, go out dancing, pick up a baby, throw a ball, climb some stairs, play tennis, drive a golf ball, take a jump-shot, crouch on your knees while gardening, exercise at the gym, write a letter or just go for a walk, you're using your joints. So when you stop and consider all the different joints you have in your body...your knuckles, wrists, elbows, ankles, toes, shoulders, neck, knees, hips and spine; you begin to realize that joint pain, stiffness, reduced flexibility and decreased range of motion are not just a minor inconveniences. They can become debilitating and lifestyle altering health problems.

Few health issues affect as many people as joint pain. A recent report estimates that 21% of the adult population is affected by some form of joint-related pain. And that number is expected to rise even higher as baby boomers age, so that by 2030, almost 67 million people will suffer from joint problems. And joint pain does not discriminate, it affects whites and blacks equally.

Although joint pain and stiffness can begin at any age, traditionally it becomes more prevalent and persistent in your 50s. Almost any kind of activity seems to aggravate an injured joint.

Joint aches can be due to various reasons. Age is the primary cause of arthritis, but other risk factors are obesity, heredity, injury such as a fracture, or athletes who overuse their joints. These factors are often associated with osteoarthritis.

Joints which bear the most weight are the most affected like the knees, hips and spine. Treatment for joint pain can vary. It focuses mainly on relieving pain and restoring joint function. Reducing weight, regular exercise, heat application, avoiding activity that puts stress on your joints and resting the joint may relieve pain and help delay the onset of arthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation, "Maintaining a healthy weight is important. For every pound of weight lost, there is a four pound reduction in the load exerted on the knee for each step taken."

Natural-based topical applications containing cetylated fatty acids have been shown to provide remarkable relief to people suffering from mild to severe joint pain. In a clinical study published in The Journal of Rheumatology to determine the benefit of cetylated fatty acids (CFA) on knee range of motion, overall function and pain reduction in patients with osteoarthritis, it was shown that compared to a placebo, CFA improved physical performance in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee with no reported side effects. Additionally, the study demonstrated acute improvements in stair climbing ability, timed "up and go" performance, knee range of motion, and a reduction in pain within 30 minutes. Further improvements were observed after 30 days of continued treatment.

Joint pain relief creams containing cetylated fatty acids and a natural FDA approved pain relief ingredient have been proven not only to relieve pain, but also address pain at the source to support long-term relief.