We have a lot of joints in our body that are integral to our ability to be active. Over time, these joints take a lot of wear-and-tear, resulting in pain and decreased range-of-motion. In this physical therapy education article, we are going to offer a few tips for reducing joint pain.
The best defense is a good offense when it comes to joint pain. Remaining active, even when your joints hurt, is one of the best ways to quell the pain of degenerative joints. This may seem counterintuitive, but keeping your joints moving is much better than simply sitting on the couch in pain.
Don’t Rely Heavily on Pain Medication
Don’t rely too heavily on medications to reduce your pain – especially if your doctor has prescribed you an opioid. Pain medications are meant to provide temporary relief as you work to resolve the underlying cause of your pain. They are not meant to be the end-all solution to your pain.
Use Surgery as a Last Resort
Surgery should almost always be thought of as a last resort when it comes to joint pain. Changes are you will be able to effectively address your symptoms with less invasive treatment options. Be sure you investigate and exhaust all of your conservative treatment options before making the decision to go under the knife.
Physical Therapy in the Twin Cities
At OrthoRehab Specialists, we provide physical therapy services to patients throughout the Twin Cities. We have thirty years of experience and offer direct access to physical therapy for patients in Minnesota. That means you can set up an appointment with us even if you don’t have a referral from another provider. We can help you improve your mobility and range-of-motion. Contact us today to learn more about our services and schedule an appointment at our Edina or Minneapolis physical therapy clinics.