When the Pain Sets In
When it starts to become painful to exercise, we highly recommend you pay close attention to the feedback your body is giving you and make appropriate adjustments. Some soreness or aching from exercise is normal for the first four to six weeks, and the good news is it should lessen over time.
If you experience pain after establishing an exercise regimen, here are the most common tips: Decrease the duration and frequency of your workout, modify the types of activities you are performing, warm up before and cool down after your workout, exercise at a comfortable pace – one where you should be able to talk, and wear good-fitting, comfortable shoes.
When you get home, it is a good idea to ice any sore joints, which helps reduce swelling and pain. Apply ice wrapped in a towel or use a cold pack on the painful area for no more than 20 minutes, and do that three to four times per day.
Any joint pain that lasts longer than 48 hours means you need to take it easier next time you work out. That pain may be telling you that you’ve overstressed your joints, muscles, or tendons, and working through it may lead to injury or damage.
Call your doctor if the pain escalates to any of these warning signs: Pain becomes sharp, stabbing, or constant; causes limping; lasts more than two hours or worsens at night; is not relieved by rest, medications, or hot or cold packs; the joint feels hot; or if you observe large increases in swelling, redness, or warmth.
In the end, a balanced and consistent exercise plan is one of the most beneficial treatments for your progressing osteoarthritis condition. Plan a little exercise into your daily life and outrun your aches and joint pains.
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“Physical Activity and Arthritis Overview.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ed. Byron Breedlove. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 23 Oct. 2013. Web.