When you deal with joint pain on a daily basis, be it as a result of illness or injury, priorities focus on programs and therapies designed to improve one’s quality of life. Health websites and other resources offer plenty of guidance regarding what can work in pain management, but sometimes it’s important to touch upon what doesn’t, for clarity.
The habits we keep can impact our overall well-being, and certain activities may have an adverse effect on the health of our joints. To aid in your pain management, watch that you do not fall into these traps:
Dependence on vices: That one cigarette after a long day of work, or that bowl of ice cream to cheer you on a bad day, may bring comfort when you need it. Too much of this brand of self-care, however, can cause inflammation and increase instances of pain. Continued smoking and poor diet may also contribute to other health problems that prevent proper management of joint pain.
Stressing over everything: Turning to bad habits like those mentioned above may occur due to increased stress brought on by work or personal issues. Stressful feelings and anxiety on their own contribute to stiffness and chronic aches, therefore it’s important to make time for calming activities that relax the body and mind. Thirty minutes of meditation, or an earlier bedtime, can work wonders.
Doing nothing: We get that some days are better than others. If the pain becomes too much to bear, the last thing you want to think about is exercise. Without regular movement, however, you risk further pain and damage to your joints. Even a thirty-minute walk at moderate speed around the neighborhood stimulates the flexibility your knees, elbows, ankles and fingers need to feel better.
When it comes to joint pain management following illness or injury, the experts at Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists can provide treatments and therapies that work for you. Contact us today to learn more about non-surgical options and to ask questions about our programs.