Given the large number of knee an hip replacement surgeries that are performed on a daily basis, it's safe to say that hip and knee pain are common problems. It seems that low back pain could also be added to the list as well. I know lots of people who have a "bad back." Perhaps you could say the same.
If you or someone you know is dealing with one of these problems, and surgery is not on the radar just yet, here are some pain management methods that might just do the trick. The best thing about this list is that you can use any or all of these methods together without risk of side effects!
1) Weight Loss
Being overweight puts stress on the back and the joints. Weight loss can help to reduce the stress and delay or perhaps eliminate the need for surgery down the road.
Osteoarthritis is one big contributor to back, knee and hip pain. One of the very best ways to preserve joint function is exercise! This does not mean it's time to run a marathon or prepare for a body building competition. Knee, back and hip issues put limitations on what is good exercise and what is not. Consult your physician or a personal trainer to find out what's best for your circumstances.
3) Nutritional support
In addition to weight loss, it's important to make to eat a balanced diet. Speak to your medical team or a dietitian to learn which foods should be added or eliminated from your diet to improve function and/or reduce inflammation. They can also advise you on dietary supplements such as glucosamine, omega-3 supplements, calcium, vitamin D, etc.
Sometimes these very common types of pain can be reduced by the use of orthotics, or shoe inserts. Some types of orthotics can be purchased at your corner drugstore...these can help with absorbing shock or improve body alignment. A podiatrist can be a good source for custom orthotics--and while more expensive, they are of superior quality to ready made products.
5) Assistive Devices
This category consists of canes, walkers, and knee hip and back braces. Seek advice from your medical team about which, if any of these, would be of benefit for your circumstances
6) Pain management Devices
This is an emerging market. TENS units have been in existence for years...and in recent years many new types of devices have emerged. They are too numerous too mention in this short post, but I have written about some of them in the three years I've been writing this blog. Feel free to browse past posts if you are interested!
7) Physical Therapy
The benefits of physical therapy cannot be overstated. Working with a physical therapist will help to restore function and mobility to that sore hip, knee, or back. You can learn many exercise techniques that are suitable for your condition from physical therapists than can be incorporated into a long term exercise program.
Sources: USNews.com; Freestockphotos.com