Arthralgia or joint pain will be experienced by most people at some point in their lives as there are so many causes. Injuries, inflammatory and non-inflammatory joint disorders, systemic illness, or simple wear and tear over time all may be sources of pain in discomfort in your joints. Injuries to areas around the joints, such as tendons or bones, can also be contributing factors.
Pain Edu: Intro To Joint Pain
Are you experiencing pain or swelling in your joints? Click on this quick video to learn more about joint pain, its causes, and steps you can take to decrease your pain.
The first step is to consult with your doctor about your symptoms and discuss their recommendations for treatment. They may prescribe medications to treat your symptoms and place restrictions on your diet and specific activities. For now the following may provide you with some relief.
In the case of arthritis exercising through the pain has two main benefits. The first is strengthening the muscles around the joint to protect and prevent the inflammation from getting worse. It also helps keep off excess weight gain.
Apply cold packs to joints to reduce the inflammation and swelling. Only apply ice packs in 15 minute intervals to avoid damaging surrounding tissue.
Maintaining a healthy weight can reduce stress on your joints. You may try including more omega-3 rich fatty acids to your diet to reduce joint stiffness and turmeric for its anti-inflammatory properties.
In physical therapy joints that have been weakened or damaged can be treated with strengthening work. We will instruct you on optimal stretches and exercises to improve your range of motion by restoring strength and reducing pain and stiffness.
Stretches and Exercises for Joint Pain
The following are just a few exercises that you can try to help decrease the pain in specific joints. Please consult your physician before trying these, and stop if you experience any pain or discomfort.
Prone Press Up Exercise
What more can you do for your painful joints and over-all health?
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