Prevent Joint Pain

Joint pain can be incredibly debilitating, especially if it is something you suffer with in everyday life.  Dealing with joint pain on an everyday basis can cause you to want to stay in, keep away from exercising and can really make you feel as though you are stuck in the house. Because of this, one of the best ways to help with joint pain is to prevent it in the first place, as an injured joint is really rather difficult to treat.

Joint pain can be caused by a number of factors, including over-use, physical trauma to the joints, injuries to the joints and normal wear and tear. Many medical conditions are also responsible for joint pain, including rheumatoid arthritis or osteoporosis. Certain medications can cause a heightened risk of joint pain as the medication increases the loss of calcium from the bones and joints, causing them to grind together, causing pain. Whatever the cause of your joint pain, there are ways to prevent the joint pain or pre-empt it, meaning that you can minimize the risk of joint pain in the future.

The best way to prevent joint pain is to devise an exercise regime that is gentle yet strenuous enough to adequately exercise the joints without causing damage. A daily regimen of physical activity can prevent the joints from seizing up and can help to maintain healthy bones, joints and muscles. Don’t start off by doing lots of exercise, instead, start at a low level and build up to something that you feel comfortable with. Over-exerting yourself will only cause more joint pain, so be careful not to do that. For a more detailed exercise regimen, see your doctor and they can refer you onto a physiotherapist. Alongside this exercise regime, you should also be careful not to place too much stress on your joints by avoiding unnatural positions and by avoiding unnecessary repetitive movements.

You should also keep your weight within a healthy range, as being overweight only causes extra burden on your joints – carrying around weight that is excessive for your frame will only cause inflammation and pain in your joints, so try to stay within that healthy range for your height where possible.

Another way to prevent joint pain is to make your life more joint-friendly – that means giving yourself regular walking breaks if you have to sit down all day at work, giving yourself a chair or keeping a fold-down chair with you if you need to sit down often, buying a supportive mattress that will support your joints rather than just hold them and teaching yourself better posture. Hunching and crouching will only worsen joint pain, so hold yourself tall and with your head held high.

Eat a healthy, balanced and nutritious diet. If your doctor recommends it, include supplements in your diet such as chondroitin or glucosamine, which are both joint-forming supplements. Include plenty of protein in your diet to build healthy bones, but make sure this is high-quality protein such as from chicken, oily fish or tofu. Eat plenty of low-fat dairy to make sure you’re getting enough calcium to support your bones as this means you don’t have to take an additional calcium supplement.

If you’re a smoker, you should also quit as a pre-emptive measure as recent research has shown a link between smoking and the development of osteoporosis or arthritis. Smoking can also have a detrimental effect on your cartilage, causing pain as the joints begin to deteriorate. Smoking also has a negative effect on your body’s ability to heal, so if your joints are damaged by arthritis, smoking will inhibit your natural healing abilities.