Do you feel aches and pains in your joints? Do you experience loss of mobility, or are you loosing sleep because of on-going pain? How can you manage these life-altering symptoms, which cause your suffering? Is there a cure?
Joint pain occurs because the smooth tissue (cartilage) that cushions joints and helps them move more easily disappears either with injury, illness, or the natural process of a maturing body. In essence, the body’s natural shock absorbers are wearing out, and you feel the physical toll on your body.
Although there are new regenerative therapies to heal chronic pain today, you can limit aches and pains by taking care of your joints, ligaments, and muscles while keeping your bones strong and steady. Here are some tips to keep your joints healthy and happy.
Stretching – is recommended to people who suffer from joint pain as well as those who already have strong joints to prevent damage. It relieves stiffness of the joints and keeps them flexible.
Prevent Injuries – by suiting-up when you enjoy an active contact sport, like skating or football. Avoid hurting yourself by wearing knee pads when kneeling at work.
Stay Active – by changing positions often if you’re reading or watching TV. Consider taking shorter, more frequent breaks when sitting at your desk for long periods of time – the more you move, the less stiffness you’ll have.
Exercise – consider using low-impact activities like walking, swimming, or bicycling. Exercise is excellent for improving and preserving your range of motion and flexibility.
Reduce Inflammation – by taking omega-3 fatty acids, like fish or flaxseed oil to lubricate your joints and reduce inflammation – which is the major cause of joint pain.
Apply Ice – to relieve pain. It numbs the hurt and reduces swelling. Typically, ice should be wrapped in cloth and applied directly to the affected area in 20 minute increments. See your physician if the pain persists.
Treat Joint Injuries – when you get hurt and see your doctor right away. Avoid activities that put stress on your injury, they can breakdown the cartilage in your joints and cause you additional pain. Use a brace if necessary to prevent further injury.
If pain is severe, don’t play the ‘wait and see’ game. If you delay treatment, the pain may get worse. You may need to see a healthcare physician if you are unable to manage your pain at home. Here are a few more indicators warranting a doctor’s attention.
- Your pain becomes chronic – lasting more than 3 months without a clear reason.
- You’ve had an illness or injury that healed, but you’re still experiencing pain.
- You can’t sleep because of your level of pain.
If pain management techniques do not help, you may want to consider regenerative therapy as an alternative ‘cure’ for soft tissue injuries to resolve your pain issue once and for all. Regenerative therapy is a growing area in medicine that has shown remarkable results with a number of patients who suffer from joint pain, arthritis, and other related conditions. Although there are several traditional therapies available, Dr. Kamson highly regards regenerative therapy because it aids the natural healing process in a less invasive manner.
For more help with joint pain, make an appointment with one of our patient advocates by calling (888) 712-0318 today. They’ll be able to see if regenerative therapy is right for you.