How to Ease Joint Pain Over the Summer

Whether you have a chronic joint condition like osteoarthritis, or you injure yourself playing sports, you need an effective way to ease joint pain over the summer. Follow these preventative tips and treatment ideas from Regenerative Medicine to make summertime more enjoyable.

Prevent Joint Pain

It’s always best if you can keep your joints pain-free in the first place. Here’s how:

  • Manage your weight: Being just a few pounds overweight can put excessive pressure on your joints, especially your hips and knees. Make it a goal to lose 5 to 10 percent of your bodyweight this summer, if possible, to help ease this strain.

  • Stay active: Aim to get some physical exercise every day. If you’re starting a new regimen, start slowly and build up your routine over time. Walking, biking, swimming, pilates and yoga all provide good exercise while being gentle on your joints.

  • Stretch daily: Tight muscles can lead to achy joints, so keep up your flexibility with daily stretching. The best times to stretch include before exercising, during your post-workout cooldown and before bed.

  • Listen to your body: If you’ve been relatively sedentary all winter, don’t dive headfirst into summertime activities. Realize that you may have more physical limitations than you did last summer, especially if you’re getting older. If you feel out of breath or your joints start hurting, don’t hesitate to take a break.

Treat Joint Pain

Whether your arthritis flares up, or you suffer an acute injury, treat your joint pain with these suggestions:

  • RICE: The best way to heal from a summer injury is to follow the RICE protocol – rest, ice, compression and elevation. No matter how minor the injury seems, you’ll feel better faster if you treat the achy area and take it easy for about 48 hours.

  • Heat therapy: For ongoing joint pain caused by a chronic condition, heat therapy can help relax achy muscles and improve blood circulation. Apply a hot rice bag, heating pad or warmed water bottle to the painful area. Taking soothing baths can help if you have joint pain in various parts of your body.

  • Medication: Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine can help ease the worst of your discomfort. If you need something stronger to regulate your chronic pain, ask your doctor for a prescription.

  • Non-surgical joint treatment: Are you tired of dealing with ongoing joint pain? If so, check out the non-surgical knee treatments available at Regenerative Medicine. We offer minimally invasive corticosteroid and hyaluronic injections along with viscosupplementation. It’s worthwhile to pursue these treatments before knee surgery because you may be able to avoid the complications of such an invasive procedure with equally beneficial or even superior results.

For more information about easing joint pain over the summer with non-surgical knee treatments, contact Regenerative Medicine at 248-804-7226.

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