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The Best Exercises for Reducing Joint Pain

If you have joint pain, it can affect your life in many ways, including your job and your home life. Joint pain can be caused by a number of different problems, including many different types of arthritis. Depending on the severity of your condition, your treatment options may vary. However, joint pain can get better with something as easy as therapeutic exercise.

At Commonwealth Musculoskeletal Medicine, our team has the experience to help you overcome your joint pain for good. Dr. Mark Conliffe is our neuromusculoskeletal medicine specialist who offers a variety of treatments to ease your symptoms, so you can get on with your life.

Causes of joint pain

As you get older, you may notice that parts of your body that didn’t hurt before are starting to bother you on a regular basis. It might be that your knees ache in the morning, or your back is stiff at the end of the day. Although a little ache here and there is normal, daily problems with your joints is a warning sign of another issue.

So what exactly causes joint pain? Some of your pain may be normal wear-and-tear in your joint as you age. Your joints do take a beating over the years, but several other conditions may lead to joint damage as well, including:

Joint pain can also be caused by obesity or excess weight. The extra weight on your joints takes its toll over time and puts added pressure on the rest of your body. Losing a few of those excess pounds can really help ease your discomfort.

Arthritis is one of the biggest causes of joint pain as you get older. However, arthritis isn’t just caused by aging; it can also be caused by prior tissue damage or injuries in your joint. This sometimes leads to trouble doing even the simplest things, like walking up the steps or taking a leisurely stroll.

Exercises that can help

Your first thought for treatment probably isn’t getting some exercise, but that might actually be one of the best things you can do for your joints. Dr. Conliffe recommends treatment with physical medicine and exercise to help ease the pain in your joints. These exercises may include:

Strength exercises

Building and maintaining strong muscles help keep your joints protected. Using light weights a few times a week helps you keep your muscles toned, which in turn helps prevent further issues with your joints.

Aerobic exercises

Aerobic exercise helps you not only to stay in shape, but also shed excess weight that puts extra pressure on your joints. Common aerobic exercises that help with joint issues include swimming, walking, and cycling.

Range-of-motion exercises

These exercises help to increase your flexibility, which helps keep you from sustaining injuries that may lead to joint problems. These can be done everyday, and include stretching and other forms of exercise like yoga.

Home exercises

Just getting a little more active significantly helps your joint problems. This may include taking your dog for a walk or push mowing the lawn. Just make sure to be careful, and take these things slowly to avoid further injury.

Protecting your joints 

Although exercise is vital to protecting your joints from harm, it can also lead to more pain if you aren’t careful. When performing therapeutic exercises, you want to always make sure you warm up your body. This allows your muscles to become more flexible, which helps prevent injury. Other steps you can take include:

Before starting any kind of exercise program, make sure to talk to Dr. Conliffe first to make sure you’re on the right track to protecting your joints. The worst thing would be for you to jump into a workout program incorrectly and hurt yourself, and your joints.

Don’t continue to suffer from joint pain without the proper treatment. Call our office today at 502-771-1012, or book an appointment online with Dr. Conliffe using our booking tool.

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