Your joints are tremendously active and endure a great amount of stress. They support your weight and allow you to move. While they are designed to deal with all the stress, they often suffer from wear and tear. Joint pain can result from various factors such as wounds, trauma, disease, strains, sprains and osteoporosis. Here are a few things you can do to prevent and help alleviate the pain.
- Ice: Cold compresses help to reduce blood flow which ultimately limits the swelling. When you begin to notice pain, apply an ice pack to the area every hour for about 15 minutes. The next day limit it to 4-5 times a day. Do not place the ice directly on the skin to prevent burns. Wrap an ice pack in a towel or washcloth.
- Warmth: Warm water helps to ease the pressure so its recommended that you take a warm bath to alleviate your joints.
- Massage: A massage will help to relieve the pain in your knees and hips. Whether done at home or professionally this will take stress away from your joints.
- Medications: Ibuprofen is often a good choice of medicine for joint pain. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs also help to relieve swelling. Always talk to your doctor first about which medication will work best for you.
- Exercise: Exercise can often help to relieve joint pain. Stick to low impact exercises such as swimming and stretching. Avoid any running or jumping!
- Physical Therapy: Physical therapist specialize in the movement of the human body. Speaking with one can help you to determine the perfect plan to minimize your pain.
- Immobilize the area: Depending on the severity of the pain, the use of a splint or brace can often be effective in minimizing pain. Always speak with a doctor first.
- Rest: Rest and relaxation are extremely important to relieve stress from the entire body. This allow for energy to restored and the body to repair itself.