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Regardless of your level of activity, joint pain can affect your performance and your enjoyment. You can tackle this challenge by selecting from a wide variety of oral and topical anti-inflammatory and pain medications, injections, and natural supplements or signing up for physical therapy. You also can choose foods that help reduce joint pain.
Whenever joint pain is mentioned, a number of conditions and situations can cross your mind. Whether its osteoarthritis (the most common form of arthritis, affecting more than 27 million Americans alone), rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, gout, strains, sprains, or injuries related to overuse or exercise, one thing is certain: joint pain is extremely common. A national survey found that knee pain is the most common type of joint pain, followed by shoulder and hip pain.
I’m not saying that eating certain foods will completely eliminate your joint pain. However, by choosing foods that can reduce pain and discomfort in your joints and avoiding those that promote inflammation, you could go a long way toward improving your quality of life and your ability to participate in the activities you enjoy the most.