Beginners Guide: Home Remedies That Will Ease Your Osteoarthritis Symptoms
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We all want the freedom to go about our own day at our own ease and leisure. But when your osteoarthritis symptoms start to act up, here are some home remedies you can try:
Wear a knee support brace
A knee support brace acts as a compress that reduces swelling around the joints and prevents stiffness. It can be worn at any time of the day but we wouldn’t recommend to keep it on for extended periods of time as your skin needs to breathe. You can find various types of knee support braces at most pharmacies, but in order to get a got fit, it is recommended you are fitted by a professional.
Exercise as per your doctor’s recommendation
Exercising might not sound like a great idea when you’ve got a bad knee, but it can relieve your osteoarthritis symptoms if the doctor is certain your condition is not too severe. This prevents stiffness and also offsets the excessive strain on your joints by strengthening the muscles. Get in touch with a specialist at the US Knee Center who can determine the kind and extent of exercise that best suits your condition, and suggest a regimen you can do at home.
Alternate between hot and cold compresses
Heat and cold have their individual benefits with regards to easing joint pain. Applying a heat compress works well for sore and stiff knees, and also significantly improves blood flow. A cold compress on the other hand is great for reducing inflammation and swelling around the joints. Try alternating the two for better relief.
Eat magnesium-rich foods
Magnesium, a common chemical element, has many beneficial effects for our body. One of these is that it acts as a nerve and muscle relaxant, which prevents stiffness and the pain resulting from it. Magnesium can be ingested as a supplement or pill, but should only be taken when prescribed by a doctor. You can however increase your magnesium intake by eating dark, leafy greens such as spinach, vegetables, cereals, nuts and legumes.
Massage with antioxidant oils
Some natural oils are laden with antioxidant compounds that act as a natural painkiller. These compounds work similar to medicines such as aspirin by blocking cyclooxygenase (COX), an inflammatory enzyme, and providing pain relief. The higher the antioxidant content, the more effective the oil will be in soothing your pain.
Soak in epsom salts
Magnesium sulphate, or epsom salt as it is commonly called, contains a high quantity of magnesium which we already know is an effective remedy for stiff muscles and sore joints. Try soaking the affected area in an epsom salt solution for several minutes and you’ll notice the difference.
These home remedies, however great for easing joint pain, are only temporary solutions. For long-term relief, it's best to get treatment from an expert. At the US Knee Center, our team of licensed doctors and physiotherapists are highly qualified in providing unmatched care so that you can walk ahead in life absolutely pain-free. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.