Joint and Muscle Pain

Joint pain

Joint pain can be caused by a number of things. These can include;

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Gout
  • Strains
  • Sprains and other injuries!

Treating joint pain

If you have been diagnosed with arthritis, you may have been prescribed anti-inflammatory medications and painkillers.

If you suffer from joint pain flare-ups or have suffered an injury to your joints and suffer from joint pain there are a number of ways to help ease your joint pain. These include;

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
    • Your weight has a big impact on your joints. Extra weight increases the pressure put on your joints, especially your knees, hips and feet. Reducing the amount of pressure on your joints can improve your mobility, decrease pain and prevent future damage
  • Increase your exercise
    • Continuing the amount of exercise you do, or starting to take part in exercise can help to keep your joints in good condition while strengthening your muscles
  • Use cold and hot therapy
    • Hot and cold treatments can help to make a difference when it comes to joint pain. Long, warm showers or baths can help to ease stiffness while cold treatments can help to relieve joint pain, swelling and inflammation
  • Use medication
    • Products containing ibuprofen can help to reduce inflammation and swelling

Muscle pain

Usually it is simple for those who suffer from muscle aches to pinpoint the cause of them. This is because most instances of myalgia (muscle pain) result from too much stress, tension, or physical activity.

However, muscle pain can sometimes be caused by other medical conditions so if it persists you should speak to your doctor.

How joint or muscle pain impacts your life also varies. Some people suffer from crippling pain that impacts their daily life, while others suffer from flare ups of pain that last a couple of days.

Treating muscle pain

Usually muscle pain will get better on its own within a few days. The NHS recommends treating strains and sprains using the RICE method for the first couple of days;

  1. Rest – stop any exercise or activities and try not to put any weight on the injury.
  2. Ice – apply an ice pack (or a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a tea towel) to the injury for up to 20 minutes every 2 to 3 hours.
  3. Compression – wrap a bandage around the injury to support it.
  4. Elevate – keep it raised on a pillow as much as possible.

You can also use painkillers including ibuprofen to help ease the pain and inflammation (paracetamol can also be used for pain relief).

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