joint pain

Health | Joint Pain

Joint Pain

Everybody gets a stiff joint at some point.  As we age, most of us will have one, two, or more joints that ache pretty much all the time.  For this chronic joint pain, most people see an orthopedist and general healthcare provider to get some relief.

Exercise is the best medicine for chronic joint pain.  But, what if your joints are so painful that achieving enough exercise is a challenge?

Oral medications can help.  But my community (the medical community) is both poorly educated in alternative therapies and ingrained with the idea that patients seek help for a prescription.  In my experience, most patients just want an answer that addresses and provides relief from their nagging symptom(s).  Sure, some patients want a cure-all, and some patients enter the clinic or hospital believing they should receive something that was unavailable “on the outside” (a prescription).  Overall, though, even if I prescribe an over-the-counter supplement, and it works, the job’s been done, and well.

Celecoxib

Celecoxib, also known by the trade name Celebrex, is a fantastic COX2 inhibitor, meaning that it inhibits cyclooxygenase type 2 selectively.  What the fruit?  What it does is help with arthritis and joint pain.  It is extremely effective.  It’s in the family of NSAIDs (like ibuprofen, only much stronger).  But, it can be very expensive – something in the neighborhood of $300 monthly.

Chondroitin Sulfate

A few recent studies have found that Chondroitin Sulfate, a naturally occurring chemical in the body, is as effective as celecoxib in preventing and treating joint pain.

And, chondroitin sulfate is an over-the-counter supplement with very few potential adverse side effects.  About 600mg daily should be enough to treat chronic joint pain.

Chondroitin sulfate is definitely a medication/supplement to stock in your med-kit.