A staggering 1 in 2 Americans suffers from a musculoskeletal condition such as arthritis, joint pain, or back and neck discomfort.
This shocking finding comes from a study published by the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Also, the scientists estimate that such conditions cost the U.S. about $213 billion each year in treatment, care, and lost wages. And, as the baby boom generation ages, things are going to get even more complicated. Fortunately, there is quick fix to your immediate bone and joint pains that really works wonders.
The rotten core of the “bone and joint” problem
According to researchers with the National Institute of Arthritis and Muscoloskeletal Diseases, an estimated 27 million Americans age 25 and older have osteoarthritis. Among other shocking facts about bone and joint problems, we can add:
- There are 51.8 million Americans— half of U.S. adults age 65 and older — suffering from arthritis.
- Arthritis and rheumatoid conditions resulted in an estimated 6.7 million annual hospitalizations.
- The average annual cost per person for treatment of a musculoskeletal condition is $7,800.
Of course, there are multiple potential causes for the pain. Some of them are: osteoporosis, repetitive movements, injuries, lack of physical activity or even poor posture. Moreover, a mistake many of us make is to quick-fix our pain with a pill. Yes, aching and throbbing are not exactly “best-buddies” material, and you’d want to get rid of them quickly. Fortunately, there are some natural alternatives that you can try easily and rapidly, without resorting to pharmaceutical products.
A hot and cold approach to a very painful trouble
Researchers from Tufts University, concluded in a 2007 study that your joint pain increases with every 10-degree drop in temperature. Even though they are not sure why this happens, some possible reasons include: low barometric pressure and precipitation.
For immediate joint pain relief, you could try a simple remedy. First of all, you will need to apply a therapeutic gel pack to the affected area for a couple of minutes. After that, immediately follow up with a cold ice pack for another couple of minutes. Also, if you cannot stand ice-cold temperatures, you could apply a well-chilled compress.
Of course, we should always tend to the heart and spirit as well. As writer Jessamyn West put it: “A broken bone can heal, but the wound a word opens can fester forever.”