Technology offers humanity new treatments for chronic pain all of the time. Here are a few new treatments to try in 2021 if you suffer from joint pain.
Red and Infrared Light Therapy
Light therapy has been making waves in the treatment of arthritis and joint pain. The effects of different colored LED lights on the body have been explored by scientists in the last decade. A strong connection between red LED light and infrared light has been made with relief of pain, both superficially and also deep within tissues.
Infrared light is able to penetrate deep into human tissues, through layers of soft tissues, bone, and skin to reach the blood vessels, injured muscles, tendons, and nerves that are affected by inflammation to cause hard-to-treat pain. These areas absorb the energy provided by the light, and the blood flow to the area then increases.
Additionally, joint tissues, called fibroblasts, are stimulated to produce fibrillin, elastin, and collagen, which help support cell regeneration in the joints. Red LED light is found to improve healing overall, and can even stimulate the skin cells to appear younger.
This combination of cell stimulation and increased blood flow can reduce the inflammation that is caused by arthritis or activity-related injuries to muscles, connective tissues, and vasculature. Infrared and red LED lights can be found for therapeutic use. Light therapy is painless, non-invasive, and can be used in conjunction with almost any kind of imaginable arthritis treatment that currently exists.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
A new non-surgical innovation in knee joint pain relief has come in the form of a cutting-edge ortho-biologic therapy in the past few years. By collecting platelets from the client’s own blood supply, doctors can process them through a machine that concentrates the platelets. This PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is injected into the knee, and because of the growth factors that are carried in our platelets, the inflammatory response of the diseased knee joint is reduced markedly, thus reducing pain.
Because the platelets come from the person that is being treated, PRP is more precise in the way it affects inflammation and is therefore much more effective than corticosteroid injections, which is one of the most common non-surgical treatments for joint pain.
Although it can’t do anything to regrow cartilage or repair damage, the pain relief it provides is superior to other methods. When this therapy is given concurrently with hyaluronic acid, the combination can provide pain relief that is long-lasting and a better option for pain relief than what has been available prior to now.
This effective NSAID-based pain relief cream has been available through prescription up until now for the relief of arthritis and other pain related to inflammation. NSAIDs are very effective medications for inflammatory pain issues, especially issues like joint pain, but have severe side effects that can make them less than ideal for long-term use as an oral treatment.
Oral NSAIDS can thin the blood significantly, which can lead to bleeding internally if left unchecked. It is also hard on the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, causing ulcers in the stomach and elsewhere in some. When taken for long periods of time, it can lead to kidney and liver damage.
Because most doctors don’t like to prescribe NSAIDS to be taken orally for longer than three months at a time, the use of a topical cream that contains NSAIDs, which delivers the same kinds of pain and relief reduction in inflammation, but with less severe side effects, the topical option is a much better choice for most people.
Salicylate (aspirin) based topical creams and gels have been available for some time over the counter, but Voltaren, which is diclofenac sodium, might be a more effective choice for some people.