Joint pain and how to take the pressure off at home
Joint pain can make even the simplest activities tough. Suffering from joint pain or arthritis is difficult enough in a regular world, but with so many of us isolating at home (especially those at greater risk if they become infected with COVID-19) and cutting back on unnecessary trips out and about, it’s more important than ever to recognise joint pain and understand different tips and tricks you can do at home to take the pressure off.
Joints are the parts of our body where the bones meet, allowing our skeleton to move. One of the most common forms of joint pain is arthritis, which most commonly occurs in men and women aged over 40* and can affect places that move frequently like knees, fingers, toes, wrists, hips and elbows. Symptoms of arthritis can include redness and warmth, stiffness, swelling, or reduced movement in a joint8. If you’re suffering from joint pain or arthritis, why not try these tips from our pharmacists to help in managing your pain.
Keeping your body within a healthy weight range and losing weight when required may sound simple, but actually plays a big role in managing joint pain. Reducing your weight by even 1kg significantly reduces the weight off your joints, therefore helping to reduce pressure and pain you may be experiencing. A healthy diet and regular exercise are common ways to shed weight, or you could consider trying programs such as Tony Ferguson to aid in weight loss. Find out more about Tony Ferguson and whether their 12-week program might be right for you by clicking here.
Research has shown that regular appropriate physical activity can help reduce pain. It also keeps your joints moving, strengthens muscles to support your joints, reduces stress and improves sleep3. Exercising for just 30 minutes a day can have immediate and long-term health benefits in terms of mood, fitness, weight and ability to live an independent and fulfilling life. Choose activities that are easy on the joints like walking, bicycling, and swimming as these low-impact activities have a lower risk of injury and put less stress or twisting on the joints7. Arthritis Australia also have a list of online exercise programs to help manage arthritis from home by clicking here. Speak to your doctor or physiotherapist to find out an exercise program suitable for you.
Write it down
It might be useful to keep a pain diary . This creates a written record of what medicines you are taking, other therapies, activities that could be affecting your joint pain, and how pain is impacting your day to day life. Having a pain diary is also a useful tool in helping describe to your pharmacist or health professional how pain has been affecting you over time, and what therapies are working (or not working) for you.
Book in for a Pain Medication Review
Many different medications can help to control the pain of arthritis, but managing joint pain effectively means taking the right medication for you. At TerryWhite Chemmart, we offer 30-minute one-on-one Pain Medication Reviews with our Masterclass-trained pharmacists who will review your pain medication, provide you an overview of other treatments that may be right for you, and will provide helpful advice and recommendations on managing your pain. Pain Medication Reviews can be done in person, over the phone or via Telehealth (video chat). Bookings can be made over the phone or online. Find out if you’re eligible for a FREE Medication review, and book now here.
At TerryWhite Chemmart, we are your partners in pain and want to help. Speak to one of our friendly pharmacists today about booking a pain medication review today, and what you can be doing to better manage any joint pain you are experiencing.
General advice only – this information should not replace the information provided to you by your health care professional. If symptoms are severe or persist, please speak to your health care professional. Information current as of date of publishing.
Always check with your pharmacist or medical professional before starting any new medications or supplements, particularly if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, are taking any medications currently, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or researching therapies suitable for infants or children.