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5 tips to relieve joint pain

Though we at MCJR specialize in joint replacement surgery, we always recommend you try these remedies first to relieve your joint pain before considering a joint replacement. Many joint pain issues can be remedied or completely fixed by taking care of your joints with these tips:

1. Rest

The first thing you should do when you start to feel joint pain is rest! Allowing your body to rest after strenuous activity or after joint pain begins to arise will be extremely beneficial.

2. Exercise

We like to say “Motion is lotion!” This may seem contradictory to resting your joints. However, if your joint pain is caused by autoimmune conditions, such as arthritis, regular exercise can actually improve joint function. Motion and exercise strengthens the muscles around your knees and hips, which can protect your bones. Contact your primary care physician and get approval before you start your exercise program.

3. Maintain a healthy diet

Maintaining a healthy weight can be a big factor in how much strain you put on your joints. Additionally, many foods have been known to improve joint health. Look for foods that fight inflammation and are high in anti-oxidants. 

4. Physical Therapy / Massages

Seeking professional help to keep your joints healthy could be imperative. Your doctor may recommend physical therapy to help alleviate joint pain. Massages can also keep the muscles around your joints loose.

5. Hot or Cold Therapy

Use of heat or ice can help ease a variety of ailments. For joints, warm water can help keep joints loose and free of pressure. Ice, on the other hand, helps reduce swelling and can keep you moving when joint pain strikes. Use of both hot and cold can help keep your joints healthy and pain-free.

Many of the methods above have been proven to improve joint function or reduce joint pain; they are not, however, 100% effective. Joint replacement is a viable option for those whose symptoms were not remedied by the above treatments. If you or a relative has struggled with joint pain or limited joint function and normal treatments aren’t working, it may be time to call the specialist!

For more information, call: 317.455.1064

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