Sadly, elderly people usually feel pain in their ankles, back, legs and knees. This is particularly true for those who lead an inactive life and spend most of their time sitting.
There are a number of conditions which can cause pain in the joints including strains, sprains, bursitis, gout, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and so on.
When it comes to back pain, it usually passes with time and about 50 % of patients feel better in a few weeks and about 90 % feel better within the course of 90 days. Nevertheless, those who are afflicted with chronic pain in the back may experience difficulty running their everyday activities and even experience difficulty when standing, sitting or lying down.
Legs pain can happen as a consequence of constant standing, wear and tear, injuries in the bones and joints or in the tendons, muscles, and ligaments and so on. Poor circulation can also cause leg pain.
Smoothie for Pain Relief
- 2 cups of pineapple
- 1 orange
- 2 celery stalks
- 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons of turmeric powder or two inches of turmeric root
- 1 tablespoon of ginger powder of one inch of ginger root
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- ¼ teaspoon of black pepper
Peel the lemon, the orange and the turmeric and the ginger provided that they are fresh. Core and chop the pineapple. Blend all of the ingredients together. Serve it and drink it instantly.
According to studies, those people whose diet is rich in dietary fiber and vitamin C have smaller amounts of C-reactive protein in their bodies. These proteins are inflammation markers and they have been connected to a number of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis.
The Properties of These Ingredients
Muscle cramps can also lead to leg pain and this often happens as a consequence of muscle overuse or low levels of potassium or calcium. According to research, vitamin C helps in keeping your joints healthy and prevents inflammatory arthritis.
Pineapple has an active compound, bromelain which effectively relieves joint pain and reduces arthritis associated inflammation. There is also evidence that this enzyme has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties in comparison to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID).
Lemon is rich in both vitamin C and E, which are both potent antioxidants. These vitamins defend the cells from damage from free radicals and aid in building and maintaining connective tissues and collagen.
Celery is high in vitamin K and shortage of this vitamin can cause bone mineralization and abnormal cartilage.
Gingerol is an active compound of ginger and has the ability to suppress prostaglandins, which are inflammatory compounds which cause pain.
The Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine published a study in 2009 and showed that turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin can relieve pain and improve the knee function in osteoarthritis in the same way as ibuprofen. To add, turmeric extract also prevents periarticular joint destruction and joint inflammation.