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Faster Joint Recovery

Faster Joint Recovery

by Chris Williams
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Faster Joint Recovery

Nowadays people think that they are now able to make wiser decisions and are generally more knowledgeable, especially regarding things that have been helped and informed by science. Information has been pouring in more constantly and in an increasingly fast rate, science has constantly developed and improved the way things are done and understood. Even with all this information and the perceived knowledge of things we still make mistakes, some crucial to help us improve and learn others critical and pain staking, commonly these are brought about by underestimating the value of certain things that are vital to what we do and overlooked because of excessive research.

We like to think of ourselves in today’s world as more knowledgeable and more able to make wise decisions about almost anything in general, especially matters that have been helped and informed by science. After all, with new information coming in at an increasingly fast rate and at a fairly steady clip, it’s hard to imagine science NOT being constantly developed and constantly informing improvements in the way we do things and see how they work. And yet we continue to make some crucial but critical mistakes, mostly having to do with underestimating the value of certain things that are actually of vital importance to us.

One example of things that are overlooked would be how our body works. Up until the point of breaking or till situations that confront us where the body or some of its parts stop working the way it should be the body is at times taken for granted. In some cases we are reminded of the body’s capacity or become more conscious of our health when we see or hear about loved ones or coworkers suffer a heart attack, stroke, or a similar heavy sickness. We tend to forget that we ourselves are also subject to a particular injuries that may force us to reevaluate both our lifestyle and our options for recovery.

Our body has a natural way of recovering from injuries. Even when we are idle and doing nothing, our body will naturally heal from joint injuries or any injury at that. But there are faster ways to recover and help the body respond better to healing.

Here are some ways to promote faster recovery from a joint injuries

Massage – Sports therapists would commonly suggest massaging the muscles around a sprained joint to relieve the pain and to also make the muscles stronger. This is best done with a liniment or a topical agent. Light massages are recommended when the joint is still swelling. If there is heavy swelling, do not massage affected area as it may cause additional damage.

Cryotherapy or Icing – If the muscles around the joint are still swollen, icing the the muscles around the joint is best. Applying ice on the affected area reduces the inflammation and eases the pain. Using an ice pack for 15 minutes every hour is one of the best ways to speed up healing especially if there is pain on the joint. Be careful of ice burns and avoid them by not placing ice directly on skin. Wrapping the ice in a towel or a washcloth is an easily accessible solution, or if you have one you can put it in an icepack.

Hydrotherapy – A warm bath helps stimulate blood flow. This also goes well hand in hand with massages while the affected parts are immersed in warm water.

Over the counter drugs –Medicines like ibuprofen or anti-inflammatory medications can be taken to relieve joint pain. This option does not necessarily help speed up healing process but helps manage the pain caused by the inflammation or injury. Muscle relaxants are also available and are helpful in reducing spasms.

Exercise – Movement is very good for joint recovery. Not all exercises however are good for the joint or the muscles around it. Remember to always consult a therapist to find out which exercise routines can help you on your path to recovery from an injury.

A Balanced Diet – Having a balanced diet provides the body with the proper nutrition that will help it heal faster. Vitamin C which can be found in food like citrus, berries, kiwi and broccoli help the immune system. Carrots, spinach and sweet potatoes contain Vitamin A help with the production of white blood cells which help fight off infection.

Physical Therapy –Physical therapist specialize in joint and muscle recovery. Always consult with a physical therapist for major injuries.

Compression Garments – Compression garments enhance blood circulation to the compressed area, it helps stimulate oxygen delivery and augment airflow to the muscles. They are also great for restricting movement of the injured joints and allow them to rest at a steady position. But bear in mind that too much restriction will also hinder healing. Picking the correct amount of compression that various lines of compression garments offer is very important to ensure that healing is helped instead of hindered.

Rest – Resting allows the body repair itself naturally and restores energy. Resting between exercise routines will allow your body to cope up with the natural healing process.

Supplements – There are certain supplements that can help you heal faster.

Amino Acids – These supplements aid in the process of gaining muscles, it reduces atrophy (or muscle loss). Amino acids are commonly recommended by doctors after a surgical procedure as our body does not produce essential amino acids naturally. It is something we get from meat, eggs, soy or amino acid powders.

Vitamin C and E – These supplements boost the immune system. It aids in bone and cartilage formation and helps speed up wound healing. ACL injuries can be improved by these vitamins.

Flavanoids – These are anti-oxidants which can be found in grapes and berries. They help in reducing inflammation and prevent cellular damage.

Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate – These help heal and repair knee cartilage. They have also been known to improve arthritis conditions and strengthen the knee to prevent potential knee problems.

General Advice for Faster Recovery

Always listen to experts, do not disregard the advice of doctors and pay attention to the signs that your body sends. The best course of action is to generally to take all the information you have read and take them into consideration. Joint pains are not something that should be taken lightly, it is not something that should simply be shrugged off or “ran off”, at times this may further damage the joints and cause more harm than good.

Avoid pushing your body to the brink. Taking supplements, balancing your diet, undergoing therapy, and taking prescription medication does not necessarily mean you will be better overnight. Be patient and wait it out. Understand that amount of time it takes to heal varies from person to person.

As with all remedies, always consult your doctor before proceeding with home treatment. This is highly important as some medications, food, or supplements may not be good for you because of allergies and other reasons.

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