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10 Ways to Get Rid of the Joint Pain

Prof. Dr. M. Tariq Sohail

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Are you one of the millions of adults who relies on taking pain-killers frequently to help manage ongoing joint or bone pains? Taking frequent painkillers can do more harm than good in the long run. Research shows that about one-third of all adults experience some type of joint pain every month. You should get in touch with the top orthopedic surgeon in Karachi if you are experiencing joint pain regularly. Here are some ways to relieve joint pain:

1- Lose Weight

Your weight can make a big impact on the amount of pain you experience from arthritis. Extra weight puts more pressure on your joints — especially your knees, hips, and feet. Even if you are not obese, losing weight would certainly make a difference.

  • Reducing the stress on your joints by losing weight will improve your mobility
  • It would decrease the pain
  • And would prevent future damage to your joints

2- Exercise More

There are more benefits to exercise than just weight loss. Regular movement helps to maintain flexibility in your joints. High impact exercises, like running, climbing and skipping would do more damage to your joints so refrain from them. Instead, try low-impact exercises such as water aerobics or swimming to flex your joints without adding further stress.

3- Yoga

Yoga is an Indian practice. It uses body poses, deep breathing and medication. It is believed that it reduces joint pain and stiffness, and boosts relaxation and relieves stress. A yoga DVD, specially designed for people with arthritis, is offered by Arthritis Foundation. You can also contact the best orthopedic surgeon in Karachi for exercises that suit your needs.

4- Hot & Cold Therapy is Your Savior

Simple hot and cold treatments can make a world of difference when it comes to arthritis pain. Long, warm showers or baths — especially in the morning — help ease stiffness in your joints.

  • Use an electric blanket or moist heating pad at night to keep your joints loose.
  • Cold treatments are best for relieving joint pain, swelling, and inflammation. Wrap a gel ice pack or a bag of frozen vegetables in a towel and apply it to painful joints for quick relief.
5- Cryotherapy 

Tissue swelling is reduced by cold temperatures because they reduce blood flow. When pain is experienced for the first time on the affected area, an ice pack should be applied for 15 minutes every hour, throughout the day. The next day repeat the process, but only for four or five times. It is essential for alleviating joint pain. It is advised to wrap the ice in a towel or a washcloth and not apply it directly to the skin. This would prevent ice burns.

6- Explore Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical treatment that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on your body. Acupuncture is the most researched complementary therapy and is recommended by the World Health Organization for treatment of over 100 different conditions. Just remember to go to a licensed and a certified acupuncturist.

  • This is supposed to reroute energies and restore balance in your body.
  • It is thought that acupuncture has the ability to reduce arthritis pain.

7- Take Glucosamine Supplements

Glucosamine supplements are especially recommended for those who suffer from different forms of arthritis. Glucosamine supplements work to support the health of the cartilage. They prevent the breakdown of cartilage, which is a normal consequence of the ageing process. In doing this, they improve the overall functioning of the affected joints, and they guarantee a better quality for the patient.

  • Glucosamine supplements can reduce the intensity and frequency of joint pain.
  • By bringing the necessary pain relief, they will also guarantee an improved range of motion in the affected joints.
  • It can prevent the further damage of the joints
8- Massage

An excellent way to ease joint pain in the knees and the hips is to get a massage. Get it done professionally or do it at home, either way is good. It is suggested to massage the affected area with a topical menthol rub if it is being done at home. Moreover, when the body is being massaged, it should be kept in mind to keep the direction of the strokes towards the heart.

9- Rest

Plenty of rest and relaxation can be an excellent way to reduce joint pain. This allows the body to heal itself naturally and revive energy. Moreover, taking a rest in intervals during exercise allows the body to cope with the intensity of the exercise. Hence, avoiding possible joint pain.

10- Stretch

The human body is made for movement. Amusingly, if a person does not move due to pain, then the inactivity can worsen the pain. Mobility and range of motion can be maintained by mild stretches, and that avoids pain as well. A personal physical therapist or a doctor would be more suited to help you find stretches and exercises that are applicable in the affected individual’s situation.

If the pain is more than you can handle, don’t hesitate to consult your health care provider and take the medication prescribed to you. You can book an appointment with a top Orthopedic in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi through oladoc.com, or call our helpline at 042-3890-0939 for assistance to find the RIGHT Doctor for all your health concerns

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Prof. Dr. M. Tariq Sohail - Author Dr. Tariq Sohail is an orthopedic surgeon, practicing in Lahore. He is Specialist in sports injuries, orthopedic physiotherapies hip replacement surgeries and lower back pain problems. You can book appointment with him through oladoc.
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