There are many reasons that we might suffer with joint pain. On the one hand this can occur simply as a result of an impact – and if we have a fracture or a bruise on a joint this can make movement painful and difficult. At the same time though, joint pain can also be a result of illness or disease and in the case of infection or arthritis it isn’t so easy to narrow the cause down to a single incident. In other cases joint pain can come from repetitive strain injury (RSI), from moving the wrong way, or even from a mystery cause that we never get to the bottom of.
The cause of your joint pain will of course impact the way you deal with it and it’s important here to ensure that the treatment fits the problem. However whatever the issue that’s caused your pain, there are some things that will almost always be helpful. Here we will look at some ways to combat join pain.
A cold compress will almost always help your back pain and it can help to address it as a kind of two-pronged assault. For one, using a cold compress will help to numb the pain in the area by deadening some of the nerves, but at the same time it can also help to reduce swelling in the area which no doubt is pressing on the joint and making the pain worse. Just make sure that you don’t hold the cold directly onto the skin (wrap it in something) and that you don’t keep it there for more than 20 minutes.
A warm bath can help to sooth the area in the opposite way, and at the same time can help you to relax your muscles which will instantly reduce the pain. There are few things that can’t be made better with a warm bath, so always have this option in your arsenal.
If it hurts for you to use your joint, then it might be that you’re struggling to move it properly and that you need a little more support to help keep it in the right place throughout the motion. You can make this easier then with any kind of support, whether it’s a sports support, or whether it’s a bandage or splint.
Believe it or not, sometimes movement is actually what your joint needs – as long as it’s the right kind. To benefit from this see your physiotherapist and ask them to help give you some stretches and exercises that will help to strengthen the area and stretch the ligaments without causing damage or involving too much impact.
Another way to address swelling that will normally be very useful is to elevate the affected limb. This allows the joint to drain any fluids causing the swelling thus making it easier to move again and less painful due to pressure.
Pain killers of course can make almost any kind of pain more bearable. In this case your best option is to use blood thinning pain killers such as Ibuprofen or Aspirin as this will also reduce swelling.