(Last Updated on : 15/04/2009)
Aches and pains are, to an extent an everyday and commonplace part of every life and are nature's way of reminding that one is gradually growing older by each day and not any more in the pink of youth and health. The various joint hurtings, muscle cramps and a pain of both these types, a join muscle ailment can be identified slowly and then almost on an everyday basis. However much one tries to ignore such sickness and quandaries of the body, the deep-down there exists and is present the lasting hurt of arthritis, or the recurring agony of tendons, or the often-excruciating aching-muscle pain. If neglected and kept hidden in the closet, these joint muscle ailments do surface up time and again, letting the person feel its excruciating presence. Mostly, such pains call for a serious intake of prescribed medicine and other pain killers. Yoga, exercise, massage and other alternative medicinal therapies provide first-line relief for bone, joint or muscle problems.
According to ayurveda, joint and muscle ailments and its accompanying pains are mostly caused by the aggravation of vata (air) dosha. It is a condition which is stimulated and aggravated by accumulation of ama and worsening of vata. (Ama stands for a toxic by-product of inappropriate digestion). This ama circularises within the whole body and deposits or gets accumulated at the locations of the body which are weaker. When it deposits in the joints and at the same time there is aggravation of vata, it results in a disease called amavata, which can be stated as the result of all kinds of joint and muscle ailments, implying pains.
Symptoms of Joint Muscle Ailments
The primary symptom of this disease is severe pain in the affected joints. The tissues in and around the joints become swelled up and movement of the joint becomes highly painful and unspeakable. Untreated arthritis poses every chance to lead to permanent disfigurement of the affected joints.
Stinging pain and stiffness in the affected muscles, especially stiffness and pain (i.e., fingers, wrists, elbows, knees, ankles) in the morning after getting up from sleep.
Agonising pain and stiffness in the joints.
The root causes of joint muscle ailments and illness, however does lie in the sly, which, as has been mostly witnessed, due to the patient's negligence and lack of seriousness of the ailment, which is known to take nasty proportions if left uninformed. The following stated medical conditions are some of the possible causes of joint and muscle pain as an effective symptom. There however exists probable other even more severe causes to such joint muscle ailments and its gradual aggravation.
The basics are however:
Previous joint injury that has resurfaced
Infections - numerous infections are known to bring about aching joints and aching muscles, like -
The fundamental causes of joint muscle ailments, however incorporates both internal and external factors. Ama associated with Vata (internally moving body air) travels to different parts of the body rather swiftly and piles up where circulation is dull and numb or slow such as the hands, knees and other bone joints, filling the blood vessels with a kind of waxed material. Such defined joint and muscle sickness and ailment is perhaps, quite understandably, common in a much olden and late time of life, when Vata naturally increases in the body. Ranging from a diet based upon meat and red meat, food stuffs such as ice cream, to much concentrated dairy products such as aged cheese or goods of sour cream or cheese with regular meals, cold foods especially during cold weather which deteriorate the digestion, heavy cakes, pastries and candies, packaged and processed foods with little fibre, are the main dietary causes of worsening of such excruciating pains in the joints. Gas inducing vegetables and legumes also create more swelled up internal air, which displaces the toxins to different parts of the body, in the process only aggravating the stage of muscle pains and recurring joint cramps. This ama blockades the tissue pores and passages. Such a pitiable stage, brings about weariness and weakness of the heart, which, down the line, becomes the seat of heart disorders and coronary failure.
Setting side the ayurvedic side of curing of joint and muscle ailments and botheration, in allopathic and clinical domain, the most common cause of joint and muscle pain is a disease named as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). Most of the patients suffering from SLE, go through muscle and joint pains during the course of the poor health. The pain is primarily caused by the swelling up of joints and muscles. At times, the symptoms of the ailment resembles that of viral flu, as a sharp pain in joints and muscles can make someone feel really unwell. The symptoms at times may also resemble those of arthritis, because the joints, which have a hurting pain also, turn inflamed and become tender. In some patients the joint and muscle pain and ailment might not be so acute and chronic, but intense muscle inflammation may result in complete debilitation and loss of potential vitality.
At times, joint and muscle ailments come before the stage of SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus). In some uttermost instances, a person might feel joint and muscle pain even while he/she is resting. Majority of the patients suffering from muscle and joint pain are counselled by doctors to have the right combination of rest and exercise. The sufferers have to be exceptionally cautious while performing any kind of activity demanding physical exertion, so that they do not put unwanted stress on the already-affected muscles and joints. Though muscle and joint pain can occur in any part of the body, hips, shoulders and knees are the mostly prone and infectious areas to this ailment. An overloaded and excessive body weight only adds to the woefulnesses of patients suffering from these pains.
However, SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) is not the only cause of muscle and joint ailments. Such commonplace pain and sickness could also be caused by a combination of ailments, such as arthritis and muscle damage. As such, prior to reaching onto a conclusion about the cause of joint and muscle pain, it is highly vital to consult a medical professional. However, such appalling analysis of muscular nuances, it is not true that muscle and joint pains cannot be cured. Treatments of joint muscle ailments range from the fundamental allopathic ones, homeopathic remedial measures, ayurveda and even naturopathy to alternative medicinal therapeutics. Muscle and joint sickness can be verily cured when detected at an early stage. In some extraordinary instances, though, a permanent cure may not be obtainable. In other instances, the patient may have to go through surgical replacements to replace particular joints. Muscle and joint pain can dangerously affect the potential activity level of any individual. Hence, one should try to forefend it by doing regular exercises, having a strict balanced diet and conferring with a doctor whenever one feels such persistent pain.