Joint pain, in its various forms, is said to be responsible for causing discomfort to a staggering ten million people in the UK. It is something that many of us have simply become accustomed to as we go through our everyday lives. However, there are ways to overcome these feelings of uneasiness. Whether your pain is in the neck, knee or hip, these are the best ways to overcome the pains that many of us seem to simply put up with.
Over a life time, whether it is through day-to-day use or a sporting injury, a common joint for where pain is prominent is the knee. The knee joint is especially vulnerable as it takes the full weight of the body and any sudden movement can trigger an injury.
It is thought that clicking knees when either sitting up or down is actually completely normal but any lasting pain is not. Sometimes, a dull aching pain can be common in both knees at the same time and is often magnified when sitting for prolonged periods, squatting or kneeling.
The problems that often occurs with knee joints is that there is an imbalance with the thigh muscle. For example, the inside muscle could be larger than the outside muscle and vice versa which inevitably leads to inflammation.
In terms of trying to reduce the pain caused by the knee joint, you may opt to see a physiotherapist as strengthening exercises will help to redress the muscle balance. However, it is worth bearing in mind that this is a sort of condition that will naturally improve overtime.
Similarly, losing weight is one of the best things that you can do to relieve knee pressure. It is said that for every pound of weight lost, four pounds are relieved off the knee. If the symptoms get progressively worse, then icing the front of the knee will reduce any swelling, whilst stretching will improve flexibility.
Hip pain can often be the most intense joint discomfort because of its sheer size. A regular, working hip has what is referred to as a ball and socket joint covered in cartilage, enabling the hip to move smoothly. Sometimes, this cartilage can erode over time and cause severe pain. In some cases, bones can rub together causing stiffness and eventually lead to replacements.
There is often not thought to be any single factor that causes hip pain but some individuals may be more genetically predisposed to having the condition. Like knee pain, sore hip joints can also come about from being overweight or playing sport excessively.
Unfortunately, it seems as though, if movement is causing daily pain and it is struggle to carry out day-to-day activities such as walking or getting in or out of bed, then a hip replacement is inevitable. Up until an operation, try to do what you can do avoid loss of mobility all together. As little as walking around the house for an hour each day will go some way in helping.
For those with less serious hip pain there is also a variety of things that you can do to ameliorate the pain. Swimming is the best possible exercise for those with pain in the hips as the water will act as a buoyancy aid and give a feeling of weightlessness. In addition, manual therapies such as physiotherapy and osteopathy will help.
It is important to remember that most neck pain often comes from built up tension which is very often caused by stress. Other neck injuries can come as a result of whiplash or cervical spondylosis; the main signs will be stiffness, numbness or tingling.
There are a whole host of reasons thought to be responsible for neck pain. However, it is commonly noted that the overriding reason for neck pain is poor posture. Another cause is sleeping in an awkward position. This is simply remedied by readjusting your position to sleep on your back and by sporting just one pillow.
Sitting at a desk, or bending your head over a tablet, laptop or smartphone will strain the muscles in the neck. For every inch that you crouch over, there is an added weight put onto the pressure of the neck. The poor postural position that many of us seem to have is causing neck and back pain which can lead onto other, more serious ailments.
A way to remedy this problem is to invest in a quality piece of furniture that will improve your seating position. It is also of paramount importance that a comfort chair is the correct size for you. The best case scenario is to try and keep the body in a neutral position at all times.
The overall solution?
Knee, hip and neck pain is now a prominent part of peoples everyday aches and pains in the UK. There is not one single sure fire solution which will cure everyone’s aches and pains as these will be specific to an individual. However, by maintaining a good weight, exercising lightly and having sufficient levels of rest; this will all contribute to alleviating these pains in some fashion.