Summer is the time of year when we want to explore and discover, but aching joints often get in the way. Because of this, many people have to put their summer plans on hold because of crippling joint pain. If your joints have kept you from enjoying summer, there’s hope. Here are a few causes of your joint pain and treatment options that can help you get back to enjoying yourself.
Is it Arthritis?
There are several reasons why your joints may be hurting. One of the most common causes is Arthritis. A common belief is Arthritis only affects the elderly, but it can present itself at any age. It may be hereditary or caused by factors such as injuries, illness, or autoimmune issues.
Risk Factors For Joint Pain
Some cases of joint pain are unavoidable, but there are others that you have some degree of control over. Your risk of joint pain increases if you
- Are overweight
- Have a chronic medical condition
- Suffer from anxiety
- Overuse a muscle
Those who manage their weight, general health, and muscle use may reduce their risk of joint pain.
How Do I Treat Joint Pain?
While there is not yet a cure for joint pain, there are pain management techniques to bring some relief. For instance, exercise is a great way to help with managing pain.
If your joints are hurting, your first instinct may be to stop being active. While there are situations that call for resting your joints, too much inactivity may make things worse. You can modify your exercises to lessen the impact on your joints. An example of this would be walking instead of jogging.
Exercise helps to strengthen the joints and aids in functionality. Talk to your doctor to find a regimen that works best for you.
You can also manage your joint pain by using topical treatments, over-the-counter medications, dietary supplements, or soaking in warm baths.
For some people, conservative pain management techniques aren’t enough for relief. At this point, your doctor may consider surgical procedures to help you.
Summit Health Care Regional Medical Center is committed to helping you get back to living your life to the fullest. Our providers guide you through the process of helping you identify the treatment for your needs. Also, our licensed physical therapists are dedicated to helping you regain your mobility and quality of life.
If you’re experiencing joint pain and want to know your options, please call our Show Low office. Schedule your consultation today by calling (928)-537-4375.