by Krystle Orlando October 12, 2020 6 min read

Our joints are some of the most complex parts of our bodies. At our joints, muscles, bones, cartilage, ligaments, fascia, and tendons work in a relationship to make it possible for us to enjoy the full range of motion that we need to perform even simple tasks like walking.

When these complex areas of our bodies experience pain, it can be incredibly frustrating. It is only after experiencing serious elbow or shoulder pain that we begin to recognize how vital these joints are to so many different movements that we make.

And of course, when we aren't feeling well in our joints, this can hold us back from keeping up with the physical activity and exercise that we need to do to stay healthy. Once we are at a level of pain that keeps us from our enjoyed activities, many other health issues can arise.

Joint Pain and Work

One of the most challenging things for individuals who suffer from joint pain is for those who have to use those joints in order to do their job. When your livelihood depends on your suffering through the pain, it can cause individuals to injure themselves further.

Not to mention, the added stress and anxiety that arises when you contemplate having to potentially change your profession because the pain in your joints makes it impossible to do your work effectively.

This can come up for individuals in a wide range of professions, whether they sit primarily at a computer and have carpal tunnel syndrome, or they are out in the field building or landscaping and have issues in their shoulders or knees.

But when the pain hits and you aren't able to find something to relieve it, the job that you used to find relatively enjoyable can quickly become excruciating. And recognizing that you aren't able to give your joint the rest that it needs to recover because you need to pay your bills can make the healing process all the more daunting.

Different Kinds of Joint Pain

A huge number of conditions have joint pain as a primary symptom. Arthritis is one of the most common conditions, and there are several different types of arthritis that can cause issues. This includes conditions like juvenile idiopathic arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, septic arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis.

Other Chronic Conditions Associated with Joint Pain:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Tendinitis
  • Gout

Other chronic conditions that can include serious joint pain include fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome, hypothyroidism, tendinitis, and gout. Sometimes, joint pain is acute and localized to one joint in the body. This kind of pain can lead to conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, chronic knee pain, and even stress fractures.

Inflammation and Joint Pain

Most individuals who suffer from joint pain understand that inflammation is probably playing a role in their suffering. When we have a high level of inflammation in the body, this will almost always lead to pain in some areas of our physical bodies and is felt particularly within the osteo-skeletal system.

When you are suffering from joint pain, it is a good idea to reduce inflammation in your body. There are a number of excellent supplements and pain relievers that you can do to lower the amount of inflammation that you have in the body.

But in order to truly get to the root cause of your joint pain and ensure that you stay healthy in the long run, it's vital to understand that inflammation is simply a symptom of something deeper. Inflammation arises in the body when it is under stress and having to remove excess toxins from within the body. It is a function of the immune system--it actually means that your body is working to keep you healthy.

So, in order to eradicate your joint pain for good, it's important to get to the root cause of why your body's immune system is producing inflammation in the body. When patients who have been struggling with joint pain for a long time and haven't been able to find answers as to why they are suffering, we always recommend that they begin with that question.

Instead of focusing simply on reducing inflammation in your body, it's important that you work to determine what could be causing that inflammation in the first place.

Recovering From Joint Pain

Over the years in Dr. Stephen Cabral's private wellness practice, he has seen countless patients struggling with joint pain on many levels. Whether your pain began with an injury or overuse of the joint, or you've been diagnosed with a chronic pain condition, it's important to know that you can make a full recovery. With attention and time, you can eradicate your joint pain and ensure that you can use your body to fully enjoy your life.

When you are in acute pain, there are two considerations--one is to reduce the pain in the moment, which often involves taking supplements or remedies that reduce inflammation. At the same time, it's important to begin the journey of discovering what's causing inflammation in the body.

Inflammation can be caused by a wide variety of toxins that your body encounters. We have a full blog post on toxicity that can help illuminate for you where you may be taking in toxins that are causing your immune system to create inflammation.

Once you begin working to eliminate toxins from your diet, reduce stress and anxiety levels, and improve your sleeping patterns, your body can begin to heal itself. This is when inflammation will naturally subside within the body, without you having to rely on anti-inflammatory medicine.

Getting to the Root Causes of Your Joint Pain

If you're ready to understand why you have so much inflammation in your body and what you can do about it, we recommend an Organic Acids Test. This is a comprehensive test of your intestinal system, particularly the bacteria and yeast present within your gut.

What does your gut have to do with your joint pain? Quite a lot. Most individuals don't realize that nearly 90% of their immune system cells are present in their gut, working to eliminate toxins from your digestive system. Very often when people have high levels of inflammation, it is due to issues within your gut. This type of test will let us know immediately which specific yeast, bacteria, neurotransmitter, detox, energy, or vitamin issues need to be addressed.

Cleansing the Body, Healing the Body

Once you understand the close connection between inflammation and toxicity in the body, it's easy to see why detoxifying is such an essential part of eliminating chronic pain. The detoxification process can look different depending on your current diet and the specifics of your body.

But a basic way to start a detoxification process is to begin eliminating toxin-rich food one item at a time. Depending on your diet, this could mean eliminating processed foods, fried foods, dairy-heavy foods, alcohol, or caffeine. By slowly taking things out of your diet one by one, you can keep yourself from being overwhelmed by the process. As you eliminate items, make sure you are replacing them with healthy alternatives--and pay close attention to your symptoms. It's a good idea to have a journal or spreadsheet where you record symptoms as you detox.

Many of our clients who complained of joint pain have been amazed at the results they were able to achieve through a structured detox. When you follow a detailed plan, you will be doing a comprehensive overhaul of your health, laying the groundwork necessary for long-term changes in the way your joints and muscles feel.

Another powerful way to combat inflammation in the body is to increase your consumption of turmeric, which contains the active ingredient of curcumin. It's important that you select a high quality supplement and that you ingest it in a way that makes it easy for the body to absorb fully. Curcumin can support the body's detoxification pathways and support the body's cytokine and chemotactic response.

Case Study: Putting the Pieces Together

Sam was a 55-year-old plumber who was suffering from serious knee pain that had been precipitated by his work. While he had been taking anti-inflammatory medication for a long time, they were beginning to no longer work. He knew that in order to move forward he would need to try new approaches.

He started by doing one of our Functional Medicine Detoxes. He also tried some alternative at-home approaches, including using hot and cold treatment. The hot and cold treatment turned out to be very effective, allowing the lymphatic system to be stimulated, increasing the production of white blood cells. Ultimately, through focused treatment and healing, Sam was able to recover from his knee pain without having to retire. He's now planning his exit from his work with grace and enough years left to ensure that his family is well taken care of in the years ahead.

Healing from Joint Pain

If you've been experiencing serious joint pain for a long time and aren't sure if you ever will experience relief, we want you to know that there are options. There are a lot of reasons why you may be in pain, and the first step to any healing process is getting to the root of why you have these symptoms to begin with.