There are also several natural supplements you can take which may help reduce your symptoms.Dr Josh Axe, a clinical nutritionist, recommends using stinging nettle leaves to help reduce the symptoms.
“Arthritis sufferers often experience joint pain, typical in the hands, knees, hips and spine,” Dr Axe writes on his website.
“Nettle works alongside non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to allow patients to decrease their NSAID use.
“Because prolonged use of NSAIDs can cause a number of serious side effects, this is an ideal pairing.”
He recommends applying a nettle leaf to the location of arthritis pain, or drinking nettle soup to take advantage of the anti-inflammatory benefits.
You can get nettles for free in your garden, or buy some nettle soup from some local stores.
Arthritis Research UK adds that stinging nettles can give a “counter-irritant effect” to reduce arthritis pain symptoms, when applied.
“There’s little evidence available on the use of nettle leaves for osteoarthritis,” the charity says on its website.
It does, however, mention a trial which found that out of 27 participants, people applying nettles to their painful joints daily for a week had “less pain” than people that applied did not apply the nettle leaves.
“When the leaf touches your skin, the round tips of the hairs break off. The sharp point of the hair then enters your skin and several chemicals, including histamine and serotonin, are produced.
“These chemicals can help to reduce pain by stimulating pain neutrons, so the skin irritation overrides musculoskeletal pain.”
You could also use a hot or cold compressor to reduce arthritis symptoms, according to the US-based Arthritis Foundation.
“Hot and cold compresses can help,” says the Foundation.
“Heat soothes joint pain by increasing blood flow to the painful area and relaxing the muscles.
“Cold eases inflammation by constricting the blood vessels. It lessens pain because cold sensations travel along large nerve fibres and helps to disrupt pain sensations.”
The Foundation recommends applying either a hot or cold compressor to the tortuous area for up to 15 minutes at a time, two to four times a day. This should help to make the pain more bearable, and relieve the symptoms for the sufferer.