Joint pain can be caused by all sorts of things. A fall while playing sports, twisting suddenly, or plain old overuse. It could be that you’ve:
- Fractured a bone
- Hurt the tissues around your joint, like a ligament (bone connector), tendon (muscle-bone connector), or muscle
- Damaged the cartilage cushion inside the joint
By taking action now, you can help keep the pain from getting in your way. See your doctor if it’s severe - but if not, find out how to relieve joint pain with these tips:
- For the first 48 hours, think R.I.C.E.
R = Rest the joint, and keep your weight off of it.
I = Ice the area to ease swelling.
C = Compress the joint – wear an elasticized support bandage from the drugstore.
E = Elevate it – keep it up above your heart, especially when you sleep.
- After that, work out what you can.* Hurt your knee? Work your upper body. It’ll help get your circulation going and keep you healthy.
- Remember to change up your movements. To prevent arthritis, avoid repetitive actions by taking short breaks and switching up your tasks.
*Make sure to check with your doctor before starting or changing a workout plan.