Many patients suffer chronic musculoskeletal pain. This may result from injury but most commonly it relates to underlying degeneration (osteoarthritis). Degeneration is due to cell aging. The cells producing cartilage and synovial fluid (joint fluid) become less efficient. As a result the joint surface becomes less smooth and there is less lubricant. This can lead to inflammation and pain. In most people degeneration is a slow process, so most people live with this type of pain for many years, even decades.
Learning how to manage and reduce pain while preserving quality of life is the key to living with this disease. Here are a few basic things to do that really help.
Use things to help with the pain other than medications
Use the simplest, least damaging medications first