You have joints all over your body wherever two bones meet, such as your elbows, knees, spine, hips, and wrists. Your joints flex when you move, allowing you to bend, twist, and stretch. Joint pain can really slow you down, making even the most simple movements very uncomfortable and difficult.
At Paragon Integrated Medical, we are experts in diagnosing and providing effective joint pain treatments, allowing you to regain your freedom of movement. Dr. Patrick Connolly is a trusted and skilled chiropractor with many years of experience providing his patients with relief from their joint conditions. Dr. Connolly and his staff offer a full range of services and resources that allow you to get moving again.
Here are five helpful tips for combatting joint pain.
Develop a plan
Once you have an accurate diagnosis for your joint pain, take the time to educate yourself about your condition and get information from your doctor about the best ways to manage your pain. Often, a treatment plan incorporating several different components is the most successful way to achieve effective pain management.
When you experience joint pain, you might be tempted to sit on the couch and wait for it to go away. However, for many types of joint conditions, moving can actually alleviate your joint pain. Choose low-impact exercises like bicycling and swimming appropriate to your fitness level, and engage in them several times a week.
Stretching is important for joint pain because it helps you increase your range of motion and helps your joints stay lubricated, decreasing stiffness and pain. Stretching also helps strengthen your muscles, tendons, and ligaments that support the joint and helps prevent injuries to these parts.
Manage your weight
Many of your joints, especially your back, knees, and hips, bear a lot of weight. If you are carrying around some excess pounds, these put extra stress and wear and tear on those joints. Even losing just a few pounds can make a big difference in relieving the joint pain you experience.
See a chiropractor
Chiropractors are doctors who specialize ineffective treatments for joint pain. Dr. Connolly offers many different treatment options, including hot and cold therapy, massage therapy, muscle stimulation, and chiropractic adjustments. After reviewing your medical history and physical exam, Dr. Connolly finds the best treatment plan to relieve your pain and get you moving again.
Joint pain can make it difficult to do the things you need and want to do. There are many effective treatments to reduce and treat joint pain. Call our office to learn more or use our online booking system.