Last updated on October 26th, 2018
When it comes to health and well-being, few of us spare a massive amount of time and effort considering our joints. This is mainly because, when they’re working well, we don’t notice our joints – they do what they need to do, and we’re able to live life as normal.
However, when our joints aren’t working as they should be, it can be incredibly debilitating. If you are experiencing joint pain, or just want to know what to do should you develop an issue in the future, then the facts below are well worth bearing in mind…
Some joint pain is normal
Sore joints are not necessarily indicative of an immediate problem. If you have been exercising – and particularly if you have been engaging in a high-impact activity, such as jogging – then some lingering joint pain is to be expected. It’s also fairly standard to occasionally wake up with your knees or elbows a little stiff and painful.
However, this pain should be transient, resolving within a few hours without the need for any intervention on your part. This is because…
Chronic joint pain should not be a standard part of life
It’s easy to assume that joint pain is just part and parcel of the aging process and, in truth, there is an age-related element to joint pain. However, whatever age you are, you do not ever need to accept joint pain as a fact of life. Joint pain is a legitimate medical issue, and if you’re experiencing consistent discomfort, then it is worth visiting a medical professional for further advice.
Joint pain can be treated
Perhaps due to the fact that many of us simply assume joint pain is to be expected at a certain stage in life, some people dismiss joint pain as “one of those things”, something that occurs outside of their control. The good news is that this isn’t the case: joint pain can, and should, be treated. Whether it’s via noninvasive pain management methods such as TENS units or speaking to specialists for advice on total knee replacement, there are plenty of treatment options that can significantly improve your quality of life
Joint pain can be prevented (mostly)
It would be remiss to suggest that all joint pain can be entirely prevented. However, there are a few pointers that you might want to try…
- Consider collagen supplements, though be sure to always discuss such a step with your doctor before taking anything you buy over the counter.
- Incorporate low-intensity exercise into your overall regime to alleviate pressure on your joints.
- Use supports, such as knee or elbow braces, for strenuous activities that will place a strain on your joints
- Try disciplines such as yoga to help strengthen your joints; there’s a great starter video included below if you want to give this a try…
Joint pain can be genuinely detrimental to your ability to enjoy life to the fullest. By keeping the above tips in mind – and remembering that joint pain is not something you just have to accept as an inevitable part of the aging process – you should be able to manage the situation should it develop in the future.
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