Causes of Aching Joints and Bones

People who complain of aching joints and bones sometimes compare the pain to a toothache deep in their bone. The cause is not quite clear and sometimes bones ache for no apparent reason. But there are certainly some interesting connections. Broken bones, of course, but also perhaps low bone density.

Aching bones and joints

Many patients with low bone density say they simply hurt in their bones. One reason may be microscopic breaks in the spongy supporting bone that can’t be detected by x-rays as the bones slowly give way. Other reasons may be changes in blood flow because of the changing bone structure.

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for improving bone density, and there is scientific evidence that vitamin D and the nutrients that help improve its effects can decrease swelling and help calm irritated nerves.

Also, low bone density is known to contribute to joint deterioration. That’s because the bone that supports the joint surfaces and acts as a shock absorber is spongy. When the spongy bone gets weak, the cartilage surface of the joint wears out faster. Magnesium is the most important nutrient to supplement with to keep spongy bone healthy.

Taking NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, naproxyn, or aspirin may contribute to bone loss because they interfere with bone formation.  Some research shows that Boswellia serrate, an alternative natural pain reliever used in joint supplements, may actually benefit bones, too.  Boswellia extract has been used for thousands of years for joint pain relief as well as to help soothe irritable digestive systems, and that’s quite a contrast to NSAIDs that may increase heartburn and indigestion.

And when nutrition and supplements is not enough to combat aching bones and joints, there are some other natural therapies that may help:

  • Relaxation techniques such as meditation or gentle massage
  • Applications of heat or ice. Ice is usually better for fresh problems to decrease swelling but heat is used when more blood flow is needed to soothe inflamed areas
  •  Light stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Light Pilates or Yoga

 

 

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