Chronic joint pain sufferers have several paths they can choose in treatment options to help them feel better.
“There are several options to relieve pain,” says Dr. Edward Blocker, an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. “Joint replacement is obviously the last option, when all the conservative measures don’t help. Exercise, anti-inflammatories, and weight loss are common sense things that can help.”
Exercise is an important first step in treating pain, and stretching is an essential part of any fitness routine. But are you sure you’re stretching correctly?
|Make sure you're stretching smart to reduce the risk of injuries.|
Here are a few quick tips to make sure you’re getting the most out your stretch sessions:
- Don’t stretch before a run. You should only stretch after your run, when your muscles are warmed up. Stretching when your body is cold puts you at risk for injury.
- Don’t bounce while holding a pose. Bouncing can cause microtrauma to the muscles and actually makes you less flexible.
- DO hold your stretch for at least 30 seconds, as this is the minimum amount of time it takes for your stretch to be effective.