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Arthralgia or joint pain is a symptom of an underlying disease rather than a disease in itself that can be treated. The management of arthralgia thus depends on the cause, type and severity of the condition.
The therapy goals include:-
Treatment modalities of arthralgia include: –
Pain relievers may be applied locally over the joint as creams, ointments and sprays or may be taken as pills.
These NSAIDs have a dual action of relieving pain as well as reducing inflammatory changes. However long term use of these agents are not recommended as they may carry the risk of severe side effects including gastric ulcers, kidney damage, heart disease etc.
Another class of pain relievers are opioids that do not have any effect on inflammation but are better pain relievers.
Long term use of these agents is also not recommended as they may lead to a risk of dependence and abuse apart from several other side effects.