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Reasons and Remedies of Joint Pain

Reasons and Remedies of Joint Pain

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Gone is the days when joint pain was an issue to be dealt with in the older age. Majorly due to sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits, people belonging to the age group of 30+ experience joint pain, these days. However, it is important to note that severe diseases like Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis rarely occur to people below the age of 30 and the exact causes of such diseases are yet to be discovered. Nonetheless, here are some common reasons of joint pain amongst middle-aged people.

  1. Poor posture

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The working class of people usually attends long shifts and do not pay much attention to the posture. This can damage one or more than one muscle. Sitting for long can put excessive pressure on the neck, discs in the back and on the shoulders as well. To cater this issue, one must maintain right sitting postures and should avoid sitting for long or in a stretch. Taking a break of a minute or two once in an hour can help.

  1. Overuse of a muscle

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Our muscles and tendons have a certain limit to bear exertion. Beyond that point, if they do not receive the much deserved rest, they would start hurting. Say for example, an athlete is at a risk of developing runner’s knee. RSI- repetitive strain injury is another example of this situation. RSI includes muscle, tendon and nerve pain. Wrists, elbows, arms and knees are at the risk here. To eliminate the fear of pain up to some extent, a good and a healthy diet clubbed with regular exercise is advisable. If you still experience pain, go for electrotherapy instead of gulping pain-killers as they too have a negative effect on our body. Electrotherapy works as the natural cure and can also be used as per one’s convenience.

  1. Unattended injuries

knee-injury, Unattended injuries

At times, we ignore an injury either intentionally or unintentionally. The same can be or can’t be safe depending upon the nature of the damage. However, in certain cases, injuries damage the muscle or the tendon or the ligament and cause chronic or acute pain in the later years of life, i.e. when the affected muscle or tendon or ligament starts losing its strength. So it is advisable to not take any injury lightly.

  1. Overweight

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If a person is overweight, he or she might experience severe knee pain once they enter the age bracket of 30+. The heavy weight puts more pressure on the joint and the cartilage supporting the knee starts losing its shock absorbing capacity which in turn leads to acute or chronic pain. Hence, maintaining an ideal body weight is highly important.

Lifestyle changes you should make

  • Adopt a healthy diet having more of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Exercise regularly, but do not fall for overexertion
  • Practice right postures
  • Avoid lifting heavy weights
  • Develop a standard sleeping pattern
  • In case of pain, go for electrotherapy as it is free from any drug invasion.
Deskbound Workers, Watch Your Postures

Deskbound Workers, Watch Your Postures

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The common belief is that desk job means you are resting all day so there won’t be any health issue, while in fact, 5 out of 10 people are suffering from joint pains caused either by sitting in front of  computer screens for prolonged hours or by other work-related incorrect postures. Bad posture, especially when it is repetitive, is likely to cause joint pains,” says Dr Suad Trebinjac, MD, Dubai Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Center.

And with all the slouching and sitting at your desk, it’s not just the back that is at stake, your entire health is at risk with the habit of poor posture which you can make it right by following these simple posture tips;

Tip 1 – Make the chair right
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If your company supplied you with a crappy office chair that is destroying your spine, demand for a change. When you finally find the one, adjust its height such that your feet stay flat on the floor and your knees equal or slightly lower than, your hips. Push your hips as far back as you can and ensure your upper and lower back are supported. Add an extra support of inflatable cushions or small pillows if necessary. And most important of all, keep switching positions.

Tip 2 – Adjust your keyboard

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Keep your keyboard close and positioned directly in front of your body for the correct typing posture. Adjust the height of your keyboard to relax your shoulders. Keep elbows in a slightly open position (100° to 110°), and your wrists and hands straight. Use mouse pads and wrist rests for further support. However, don’t use wrist rests while typing

Tip 3- Set your screen well 
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Desktop or laptop, screen settings is important to avoid neck pain later. Center the position of your screen such that you can look straight ahead and your neck remains in a neutral and relaxed position. Set your laptop table and adjust its monitor accordingly and for desktop, position the top of the screen approximately 2-3” above seated eye level. Keep a distance of an arm’s length from your screen and adjust the brightness or use optical glass glare or light filters to avoid the glare. Set curtains or blinds as and when required. By doing all this, your eyes, spine, back, shoulders and neck will thank you for sure.

Tip 4 – Move around 
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No one will throw you out of job for moving around in office for a little. Hence, adjust your work and breaks such that your job and your health, both won’t get affected. Get up to do something, stand when possible. Set reminders to take breaks and stay away from your computer during lunch.

Tip 5 – Stretch, exercise, massage
Stretch, exercise, massage
Cover your eyes with your palms for 10-15 seconds, look away to greens and blink often to avoid eye fatigue. Do some simple desk exercises, back stretches, shoulder rolls, neck rolls, or twists as and when you can. Uncross your legs and use a footrest if your feet dangle. Carry your handy Electrotherapy device to stimulate blood flow and for instant pain relief of any kind.

Conclusion
Maintain better posture, stay hydrated, avoid junks and eat right, breathe well, avoid work stress, relax, meditate, laugh and stay healthy and happy!