Chronic pain is a terrible thing to have to live with, and at its worst is capable of taking the enjoyment out of everything you do. Every time you laugh with friends, enjoy seeing something new, or settle down to relax, you will be reminded of your constant discomfort and distracted from having a good time. This can then affect other areas of your life too – causing you to struggle to get to sleep for instance and putting you in a perpetually bad mood much of the time.
Joint pain is just one example of this and something that can affect you in a vast number of situations due to the way that it causes you discomfort each time you move that particular limb. While you might have a chronic condition though that can’t be treated, that isn’t to say that you can’t ease the discomfort in some ways, and it’s important to understand how to manage the pain. Here we will look at some tips.
Analgesics: Analgesics is just the posh term for pain killers, and this includes things like paracetamol and aspirin. If you’re suffering with chronic joint pain, then most likely you will have discovered analgesics by now and will be familiar with using them. However there is a chance that you might not have realized the most effective ways to use them.
For instance you should note that if your joint pain is causing swelling, then you might want to use a medication such as aspirin or ibuprofen. The reason for this is that these are also blood thinners, meaning that they make your blood thinner and make it disperse more easily. This is bad news if you have a cut and you want it to scab over, but for reducing swelling which is caused by blood and other fluids it’s ideal. Do though be sure to check with your physician first if you are taking other forms of medication as well – otherwise you might thin your blood too much and cause other problems.
Another thing to bear in mind is that it is possible to ‘double up’ on some pain killers. For instance if you are already using paracetamol then it is fine to have ibuprofen at the same time. These medications work in entirely different ways and that means that they won’t interact.
Supports: While moving around it is a good idea to give yourself some form of support to help take some of the weight off of your afflicted joints. This can take the form for instance of a tube-grip bandage, or of a professional sports support which will help to keep your joint compressed and in place without restricting your movement too much.
Manipulation: If you have joint pain then manipulation and massage can often help in various ways. For one you will be able to help reduce swelling this way, but at the same time you can help to mix the signals to the brain in the area and thereby reduce the perception of pain. It is advisable if you are getting massage for joint pain that you use a professional who know what they are doing and this way you won’t be likely to have the problem exacerbated by someone with good intentions but limited biological knowledge.
Exercises: Several exercises can help to alleviate joint pain both at the time and over a longer period. If you have a bad back for instance, then it is a good idea to try lying on the ground flat on your back with your legs up on a chair at right angles. This can have an immediate positive effect by straightening out the spine and other exercises can be equally as helpful for wrist or knee pain. Make sure you see a physiotherapist, and try researching online for exercises can that help your specific joint pain.
Chuck Rappaport is aspiring health writer who shares various techniques available for minimally invasive knee replacement. He recently blogged methods used for minimally invasive hip replacement to help masses.