Besides medications, joint pains can be cured by various ways, such as topical agents, injections, physical therapy, home care and alternative treatments.
For moderate-to-chronic joint pain with inflammation, an over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen sodium can provide you quick relief. Topical agents like capsaicin can also help in getting relief from joint pain.
The doctors can inject steroid injections to those patients who do not get any relief from topical agents and medications. Injections are usually used in acute cases of arthritis, or tendinitis. Injections of hyaluronan are also used to treat osteoarthritis. Physical therapies include general exercises, yoga, ultrasound therapy, heat or cold therapy swimming, acupuncture, Bikram yoga etc.
Above all, short-term joint pain can be relieved with a few simple techniques like protecting the joint with a brace or wrap, ice the joint daily, avoiding activities that cause pain, etc.