Dr. Perry’s best tips for reducing joint pain

Nothing puts a damper on your day quite like waking up and feeling the dull throb of joint pain radiate throughout your body. Living with joint pain can be difficult. It can make everyday tasks seem impossible, depending on the severity of your pain.

Laser Spine Institute Medical Director, Michael Perry, M.D., says that joint pain, also called arthritis, is an inevitable part of life. As we age, our joints will slowly degrade, causing pain. There are ways to help treat the pain, according to Dr. Perry.

“You should try icing the area for the first 24 to 48 hours, then switch to heat,” Dr. Perry said.

You can also help fight arthritis pain through these tips from Dr. Perry:

Limit physical activity. Consider limiting physical activity that affects the particular joint. Limiting strenuous activity can help reduce inflammation within the joint, which will help eliminate the pain.

Consider your environment. Before you head out to run errands or go to work, make sure you check the weather. You can pre-empt some pain associated with arthritis by ensuring that you are properly dressed. For example, make sure you are bundled up if the weather is cold. If you’re staying in on cold days, consider using a heating pad or heated blanket to relieve pain.

Watch what you eat. Certain types of food trigger inflammation in some individuals. Consider keeping a food diary that details how you feel after each meal to determine if there are specific foods that make your arthritis symptoms worse.

Take some meds. If your pain is mild, consider taking some over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications to help ease your discomfort. Additionally, consider taking some medication if you know you are going to participate in an activity that will bother your arthritis, such as golf.

Always stretch. It is imperative that you stretch before each activity — even before you get out of bed in the morning. Stretching helps to loosen up your joints by letting fluid into the area. This will help prevent your joints from getting injured.

 If your pain level has not decreased after several days of at-home treatment, it may be time to visit your physician. Dr. Perry recommends scheduling an appointment with your primary care physician.


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