Joint discomfort, pain, or inflammation can occur at any point where the bones meet. Joint pain, stiffness, and swelling are the most common symptoms of arthritis.
Many conditions can lead to painful joints including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, gout, strains, sprains, and other injuries.
Some measures that can relieve short-term joint pain at home include:
- Temporarily protecting the joint with a brace or wrap
- Using crutches to take the full weight of a leg injury
- PRICE Regime
PRICE – Is an acronym. It is a useful way of remembering how to immediately treat an injury
A simple 5 step protocol that helps improve an injury immediately. The sooner the PRICE regime is used the better.
P is for Protection – Protect the area in pain! If it hurts – don’t do it! It is ideally best to seek professional advice as to what you can and can’t do while you are waiting for your first appointment.
R is for Rest – Remember – bed-rest and totally avoiding using the injured area might to a worse strategy! Gentle movements and pottering around the house might be more helpful.
I is for Ice – Apply Ice wrapped in a tea-towel or a bag of peas over the injury. This will help reduce pain and inflammation. Very cold products can induce hypothermia or cold burns, so do remember – not too cold and wrap ice in a tea towel. Only use cool-packs for a maximum of 20 minutes and allow at least 1 hour between applications.
C is for Compression – Compressing the swollen area will help to reduce the swelling. Either speak to us or visit a pharmacist who can advise on the products to use that are safe and effective. For example; too much compression can lead to ischaemic damage.
E is for Elevation – Elevating the injured area little and often allows gravity to aide removing excess fluid.
If joint pain becomes intense, suddenly inflamed, or if the joint can no longer be used, it is time to schedule an appointment.