Joint Pain Relief

Pain from Arthritis and Other Causes Affects Millions of Lives

According to the Centers for Disease Control National Center for Health Statistics, “One in four U.S. adults say they suffered a day-long bout of pain in the past month, and 1 in 10 say the pain lasted a year or more.” As adults get older, the numbers increase. According to the NCHS report, “One-fifth of adults 65 years and older said they had experienced pain in the past month that persisted for more than 24 hours,” and “Almost three-fifths of adults 65 and older with pain said it had lasted for 1-year or more.”

These alarming statistics point to an enormous amount of suffering and loss of productivity and quality of life among Americans. After all, when a person is in a lot of pain, they can’t work, enjoy their families, or engage in recreational activities. Acute pain – such as that experienced as a result of an injury – can lead to reliance on prescription drugs, while chronic pain – like that with health conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or other joint pain – can lead to depression.

Treatments for Pain

When it comes to arthritis treatment and other types of pain relief, however most people first turn to medications. One major class of drugs is known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, like aspirin or ibuprofen. Unfortunately, many of those suffering from joint pain or muscular pain develop stomach problems from these medications or find that they interact with other medications and are an inappropriate treatment. For those with rheumatoid arthritis, narcotics or corticosteroids are often used in the treatment of joint pain, although sometimes with serious side effects.

According to the National Pain Foundation, treatments for pain fall into five categories: injection and surgery, psychological approaches, physical therapy, alternative or complementary, and medications. Arthritis pain can be relieved by injections of steroids or medications that lubricate the joints, as well as by joint replacement surgery. Psychological approaches often include relaxation techniques and counseling. Physical therapy can consist of massage, exercise, and apply heat to provide arthritis pain relief. Complementary therapies can include everything from acupuncture and hypnosis to biofeedback and dietary supplements.

Topical Creams

A topical cream can help people with a wide variety of medical conditions, including arthritis, fibromyalgia, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, and bursitis. It can also help prevent workout-related injuries and cramping.

One of the most effective pain treatments – especially for arthritis pain relief – is a topical cream that penetrates through the sub-epidermal level of the skin. By blocking out pain transmitters and starting localized healing, a topical cream can convey all of the benefits of NSAIDs without the side effects. Available without a prescription, certain creams have been thoroughly studied by medical researchers and have been reported to be effective in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Chronic pain has a deleterious effect on the health and well-being of millions of Americans. Finding a means of lessening or alleviating that pain is a relief, in every sense of the word.

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The Negative Effects Of Alcohol

The Facts And The Negative Effects of Alcohol Addiction

According to numerous online sources, the most common substance of abuse resulting in dependence in patients presenting for treatment is alcohol.

Alcohol Addiction

Overcoming an addiction to anything can be difficult, but there is help and hope available to people who want to stop drinking and get their lives back on track. The mind is more powerful than any drug, and to discover this is to truly be on the road to recovery. Addicts have to make a conscious choice to get and stay sober, one day at a time, and learn how to control the cravings.

It is not something that can be done alone, which is why there are treatment facilities all over the country, most of which are privately owned substance abuse recovery centers.

Alcoholics Anonymous

The philosophy of AA or Alcoholics Anonymous has proven to be helpful to many alcoholics in their fight against alcohol addiction, and the program is often used as an adjunct treatment with other therapies, such as in an inpatient setting. AA also encourages communication with a sponsor to help guide the addict through the recovery process, and provide support while working through the program.

You Are Not Alone

You are not alone if you are suffering from an alcohol addiction. Alcoholism is a word that sometimes has negative social connotations, and just because a person drinks alcohol does not mean that they are an alcoholic.

The amount of alcohol consumed varies greatly from person to person that develops alcoholism, and is also affected by genetic predisposition, and emotional and social health. Alcohol by definition is a disease that results from a persistent use of alcohol despite negative personal, emotional, financial, and professional consequences.

Heavy alcohol use accompanied by dependence and symptoms of withdrawal, and the inability to recognize that every bad thing has been related to an alcohol addiction. The sometimes uncontrollable urge to drink leads to constant preoccupation with the drug.

Learn more about effects of alcohol as well as alcohol facts and the truth about alcohol addiction. Some online literature discusses at length what drives alcohol addiction, detailing the effects of alcohol and describes some of the research being done to correct drinking problems.

The Negative Effects of Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol continues to be the most greatly abused substance despite the wide-spread negative consequences. Even after public outbursts, divorce, loss of employment, revocation of driving privileges, and loss of life and limb, alcoholics continue to drink because it is so highly addicted in people who are predisposed to this disease. Encourage them to get help if you or someone you know is giving part of their life to alcohol. It may take a series of bad events to get the point across, and for many alcoholics, this is what it takes to see their illness in a different light.

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First Aid Kit Checklist

Sports First Aid Kit and First Aid Kit Checklist


Do you have an active family? Are your kids involved in soccer or little league? What are sports high on your priority list– running, golf, tennis?

American Sports Data, Inc. estimates:

50.6 million people over the age of 6 exercise frequently, participating in single activities (running, cycling, treadmill).
39.9 million participate in recreational sports (basketball, tennis, softball).
15.3 million people are active outdoors (hiking, mountain biking, skiing).
3.2 million players are registered with the U.S. Youth Soccer Association.

If you pound the pavement, swing the club, or bat the ball, there is always the chance for injury.

Is your family prepared with a sports first aid kit that meets your needs?

Many commercially packaged first aid kits contain basic supplies. Sure, they might offer limited help for simple emergencies. But is your first aid kit prepared to handle your child’s rugby injuries or treat a sprained ankle on the soccer field?

How about your knee pain after a marathon?

The answer is to create your own customized kit that fits your family’s sports first aid needs. Chances are you already have many of the necessary supplies on hand.

Here is how you get started.

1. Evaluate your needs by the type of sports your family participates in. Is there the likelihood of bumps, cuts, and bruising that might occur in contact team sports? Or are overuse injuries more prevalent such as runner’s knee, golfer’s tendonitis, or tennis elbow?

2. Decide what supplies best fit the type of injuries you have described, such as bandages and ointment for cuts; ice pack for pain and swelling; sunscreen for sunburn.

3. Find a roomy, insulated tote to carry your supplies. Why an insulated carrier rather than one of those little, plastic boxes that most first aid kits come in? Because you need to carry at least one, preferably two frozen, reusable ice packs in your sports first aid kit. Most kits only contain an instant, one-time-use, chemical ice pack. This is usually not sufficient to numb pain or reduce swelling. The best and most effective treatment for many injuries is to immediately apply a frozen ice pack for several 15 to 20-minute sessions. This will help lessen pain, reduce swelling and treat bruising. And an insulated tote will keep your ice packs cold for several hours.

Here is a list of suggested supplies to include in your family’s sports first aid kit:

Suggested First Aid Kit Checklist
Information: First aid guide or manual.
General: Matches, Scissors, Travel Toilet Paper, Anti-diarrheal, Antiseptic wipes, Tweezers, Needle (for splinters), Thermometer, Safety pins, Flashlight, Disposable gloves, Mouthpiece (in case of using CPR), Blanket, Plastic Zip-lock bags (to keep supplies dry), Tissues.
Emergencies: Cell phone, Whistle, Personal alarm, Pepper spray, Emergency phone numbers, Maps (with directions to nearest first aid).
Pain and Swelling: Cold pack, Ibuprofen.
For cuts, scrapes, blisters: Bandages of different sizes, Antibiotic cream or hydrocortisone cream, dressing kit, Sterile gauze, Adhesive tape, Antiseptic solution, Non-stick gauze pads.
Sun protection/heat exhaustion: Misting water bottle, Cold pack, Sunscreen, Lip balm, Aloe Vera lotion.
Fractures, strains, sprains, pulled muscles: Neoprene joint braces, Compression bandage/ice wrap, Cold pack, Two triangles shaped pieces of cloth for a sling or tourniquet.
Dehydration: Filled water bottle, Sports drink.
Allergic Reactions: Calamine lotion, Epinephrine (for bee stings), Antihistamine, Recommended medications.
Insect Bites: Epinephrine (for bee stings), Insect repellent, Cold pack (reduces swelling of bug bites).
Assemble your supplies and customize your family sports first aid kit for each event or outing.

Disclaimer: This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical treatment or consultation. Always consult with your physician in the event of a serious injury.

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