When it comes to treating sports injuries, most of us follow the same tried and tested path. We try to avoid aggravating the injury, perhaps move away from exercising that particular part of our body, and if necessary, apply some anti-inflammation cream. Many Americans would prefer to take painkillers if the affliction warrants it. While this had worked well over the years, these painkillers are known to be addictive. Opioid overdoses had become a huge crisis in America and deaths related to opioids have skyrocketed in recent years. We are starting to see a slight change in attitudes towards the way in which we treat our sporting ailments, and a move away from the use of synthetic medicines.
Changes to the Farm Bill are opening new avenues of treatment
A new family of topical medications called CBDMEDIC™. Their products combine science and naturally-derived analgesic ingredients. CBDMEDIC™ products are FDA-registered OTC topical medications produced in a cGMP FDA registered and audited facility to ensure the highest quality control standards.
The CBDMEDIC line is segmented into three product categories: Active Sport, Back & Neck and Arthritis. The ingredients in their products are organic and contains Cannabis Blended Dermatological (CBD) which is THC-free (and therefore non-psychoactive), derived from the hemp plant. And as such, the agricultural laws surrounding this plant has inhibited the growth and use of it for decades. Now, with the changes to the Agricultural Improvement Act (or Farm Bill), along with a general evolution in attitude towards cannabis, CBDMEDIC creams and ointments are easy to find and can help temporarily relieve pain when rubbed into the affected area. For those suffering from joint pain (either from a sporting injury or seasonal winter joint pain), this natural approach to pain may turn out to be a good alternative to the synthetic creams of the market.
Other changes in the way we are tackling pain-relief come in the form of some less conventional treatments. Acupuncture, massage therapy, and hypnosis are all seeing a rise in use. Some of these treatments are referred to as – complementary medicine, as they are used in conjunction with other solutions to either speed up recovery or improve the results. Practicing basic yoga poses, can decrease the chances of encountering joint issues at first place, for example, if you find yourself spraining your ankle constantly, making that ankle stronger and more flexible in general may help you stop repeating the same injury. Complementary approaches are very worth investigating, especially if current treatments are not working as effectively as the sufferer would like.
Is technology the key getting us back on track?
Finally, one other front on the battle against joint pain is being fought in the tech-sphere. Companies like Quell are bringing technology to the forefront of pain-reduction, in the form of adjustable straps that use tiny electrical impulses to stimulate the nerves, effectively blocking the pain signal to the brain. This is a totally drug-free way of dealing with joint and muscle pain, and while it is not a cure, it can lower the pain levels of the wearer to a point where they can get on with their lives, rather than being held back by chronic pain. Worn around the calf muscle, this device will stimulate sensory nerves in the area, causing your body to release its natural pain-relieving opioids, and in turn stops the pain from spreading. Controlled from an app on your smartphone, the wearer can adjust the level of intensity at the touch of a button. Quell also comes with various different electrodes, some of which are even designed to work as you exercise, so if you find that your knee is aching only when you work out, you can still get relief throughout your exercise regime.
As time goes on, we can expect to see more of these alternative ways to treat pain relief. In much the same way that our attitudes towards foods have changed in the last few decades (such as the monumental rise in organic), the search for more natural ways to treat pain will continue to expand in the near future. Whether it’s trials for herbal supplements or technological advancements, those who suffer from joint pain can afford a little smile when thinking of the options that will be available to them in the near future, and that can only be a good thing.