Pain in the joints is a very common complaint among adults. This pain can be caused by different reasons ranging from injury, arthritis, overuse, to excessive strain due to being overweight. According to some researches, one in every three adults lives with this kind of pain daily. Unfortunately, failing to address this problem will not only limit an individual’s daily activities, it can actually cause more serious damage to the joints. Taking pain relievers can temporarily help but it might be a better idea to try some other methods of dealing with and easing the pain in your joints. Knowing the exact reason why your joints are painful is the first step. Here are some more steps that you can take to soothe your aching joints.
- Rest the body part where the pain is emanating. If, after a running session, you suddenly experience extreme pain in your leg joints, it is a good idea to rest your legs as much as possible. For some athletes, persevering through the pain is a sign of determination. However, if you have suffered from an injury or if you have overused your joints, continuing physical activity can actually result to further damage. If you notice any pain or swelling, lie down and raise the injured body part. Prop some pillows under your leg if this is the part that is hurting.
- Take the time to warm up, cool down and for stretching before and after a workout session. Warming up and stretching before a vigorous or taxing exercise period will ready your joints and muscles for use. This can be very helpful for individuals suffering from arthritis or for those who have been inactive for a very long time. If your joints feel stiff, ask your trainer to suggest exercise routines that will make your joints stronger. Failing to cool down and stretch after will cause toxins to be trapped in your muscles and result to extreme pain. Additionally, stretching eases the stress from your joints. Once your heart rate goes back to almost normal, begin your stretching exercises. Remember to stretch your major muscles, especially the ones that you used during your workout session. Hold the stretch for at least eight seconds. Repeat the stretches on areas that are particularly sore.
- Apply cold and hot compress to the joints that are aching. Make a homemade cold pack by putting ice cubes in a sealable plastic bag. Wrap a thin towel around the ice bag and place this pack on the joint that is causing you pain. The pain and swelling should begin to subside after five minutes of the application. At this time, you should switch from cold to a warm compress. You can use a hot water bottle for this purpose. If a water bottle is not available, you can make your own rice heat pack. Simply fill a clean sock, preferably made of cotton, with a cup or two of uncooked rice. Secure the opening either by tying it with yarn or sewing the opening shut. Heat the rice pack in the microwave for about two minutes. Gently place this heat pack on the aching joint and leave it there for five minutes. Continue applying the ice and hot packs to the problem area until the pain completely subsides.
- Massage the problem area. Some massages are designed to relax muscles and relieve pain in your joints. It could be a good idea to get a massage after your exercise sessions or if you feel extreme pain in your joints. Ask the person massaging you to apply hot oils on the affected area to further soothe the pain.
If you have done all of the steps above and your joints are still giving you trouble, it may be time to call your doctor. He can suggest a good pain reliever that you can take. Inquire also about ointments or topical analgesics that you can rub on the painful body part. If you observe that you need three dosages of painkillers a day in order to keep the pain at bay, visit your doctor immediately.