Joint pain can be a difficult thing to deal with because there isn't always a set cause for it that you can eliminate. It may be from a current disease that you are struggling with, or something as simple as old scar tissue that is affected by the weather.
There is also not a universal protocol on how to handle joint pain. You simply must treat it as it happens in whatever way helps you best. Your doctor can prescribe medications to help with the pain, but this route isn't always an option for some patients. People can have an allergy or other reasons why they don't feel comfortable relying on medications for pain. There are other ways to help manage joint pain without a prescription. This article will investigate some of the ways you can use at home to reduce or eliminate joint pain from your life.
Warmth is great at promoting blood flow and circulation to your joints. It can also help if your joints are inflamed due to an injury because the vasodilation, or expansion of your vessels, helps to promote tissue repair. Ways that you can get heat to your joint can include things like a warm shower or soaking in a warm bath. You can also make use of a heating pad or electric blanket to give you more targeted pain relief. Regardless of which option you choose, ensure not to leave the item on longer than about twenty minutes at a time and check your skin often to make sure you don't receive an unintentional injury from the heat.
Cold packs are helpful if your joints are swollen or inflamed. The cold will cause something called vasoconstriction, which means that your vessels will squeeze together. This can help push some of the pressure out of the area and relieve the pressure you are experiencing. If you don't want to mess with the hassle of making your own ice, there are products you can purchase at your local pharmacy. You can also simply wrap a bag of frozen vegetables in a towel and place it on your affected joint.
Exercise may seem like a silly idea when your joints are sore, but a consistent exercise program that is low impact will help strengthen your joint and prevent them from being sore as often. Good exercises to try are water aerobics and swimming. These activities allow your joints a nice range of motion without stressing them out from something of a higher intensity, like running.
Losing weight should only be done if you are currently overweight, otherwise, it could end up causing damage to your other health systems. If you are overweight right now, then it makes sense to lose weight because that is less pressure and impact on your joints. Even simple tasks, like getting ready in the morning or walking to the mailbox, can be aggravated by the additional strain of being overweight.
As you can see, there are several ways you that you can use to relieve joint pain at home without the use of a prescription medication. If one method doesn't work, you can always try another method or discuss your options with a doctor.
The information contained in this article should not be used to replace the advice, care, diagnosis or treatment from a medical doctor, certified personal trainer, therapist, dietitian, or nutritionist.