Pain is also a feature of joint inflammation (arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis) and infection, and extremely rarely it can be a cause of cancer of the joint.
Pain within the joint is a common cause of shoulder pain, ankle pain, and knee pain. Joint pain is also referred to as arthralgia.
Joints form the connections between bones. They provide support and help you move. Any damage to the joints from disease or injury can interfere with your movement and cause a lot of pain (1).
It may be linked to arthritis, bursitis, and muscle pain.
Joint pain can be mild, causing soreness only after certain activities, or it can be severe, making even limited movement, particularly bearing weight, extremely painful.
Rub This Oil on Your Joints and Your Pain Will Disappear
This is one of the more effective topical treatments for arthritis and you can make your own at home with humble cayenne.
Cayenne pepper contains an active compound called capsaicin with natural analgesic or pain-relieving properties.
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- ¼ cup olive oil
- Add 1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper in ¼ cup of warm olive oil.
- Apply it on the painful joint and allow it to sit for 15 minutes.
- Rinse it off with warm water.
- You will feel better after the first application, but for best results you should use it 2 or 3 times daily until the pain is gone (2).
Capsaicin depletes a neurotransmitter called “substance P”, which is responsible for sending pain signals to our brain.
If we block the substance P, we never get the memo that something is hurting, and therefore end up pain free (3).
Note: It is normal for there to be somewhat of a burning sensation when first applied. If you have sensitive skin, use with caution. Always wear gloves when handling hot pepper powder, and avoid any contact with your eyes. Do not apply it on open skin or wounds.
When to Contact Your Doctor:
- You have fever that is not associated with flu symptoms.
- You have lost 10 pounds or more without trying.
- Your joint pain lasts for more than 3 days.
- You have severe, unexplained joint pain and swelling.