Your joints allow you to move properly, connecting your bones in crucial places for a great range of movement. Unfortunately, they can be particularly susceptible to wear and tear as you get older, and there are a number of health conditions that affect the joints too. Painful joints can affect many people, whether it’s from injury, disease, or simply getting older. It can be difficult to deal with and sometimes affect your ability or cause chronic pain. You can find ways to make it more manageable, though. If you’re suffering from a painful joint, or perhaps several painful joints, try these solutions to treat them.
Find the Right Doctor
Going to see a doctor should be your first step if a joint is troubling you. If you’ve been having problems for a while, you might already have seen someone about it. Finding a doctor that works for you can be tougher than going to see any old doctor. Joint problems aren’t always easy to deal with, especially when they cause chronic pain. If you need to see a specialist about an issue such as arthritis, someone like Dr Allison can help. As an orthopedic oncologist, he has experience treating conditions such as osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis, and avascular necrosis.
Medications and Pain Relievers
Problems with your joints can cause a lot of pain. It might be something that comes and goes, it could be more of a constant pain. If you see a doctor, they might suggest or prescribe something that will help to relieve pain. You can also visit a pharmacy and talk to a pharmacist about what they recommend. You can get a range of different types of pain relief, from pills to topical gels and ointments that can help. Some people also explore natural or alternative ways to relieve pain if they don’t want to use medication.
Use Physical Therapy
Although it can be painful to move your joint, physical therapy can help it to get stronger. If you see a physical therapist or doctor, they might recommend some exercises for you to do. A physiotherapist can also use different therapies, such as hot and cold therapy to make you more comfortable. You can also do some forms of gentle and moderate exercise that are low-impact. For example, swimming and cycling are both gentle on your joints and can help you to lose weight and build muscle, both of which can help to support your joints.
Learn to Care for Joints at Home
It’s also helpful if you know how to look after your joints at home. Sometimes, resting a joint is the best thing to do if it’s causing you pain. You can also protect it by wearing a brace or wrapping it up to make it less mobile and offer it support. Icing a painful joint is useful too, and you can do it a few times a day. Compressing or elevating your joint will also help to relieve pain and discomfort.
Painful joints can be difficult to deal with, but there are methods you can use to address the problem. See a doctor if you haven’t already as your first step.
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