This post was sponsored by DePuy Synthes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
I’ve never been what you would call a “flexible” person when it comes to bendability. I mean, I’m just finally reaching the point where I can touch my toes when I bend over. But that doesn’t keep me from trying some sort of exercise.
Still, I have to recognize that as I get older, my body will let me know when to stop. One of the ways that it likes to do this? I am currently dealing with increasing hip and joint pain. Yes, I am a millennial (on the older spectrum) but that doesn’t mean I’m immune to getting old. I’d hardly consider myself to be that old. But then I take a step or get up after a good blogging session, and my knee hurts.
Or my hips hurt. Or my lower back.
If any of this sounds familiar, keep reading.
What Causes Joint Pain
As people get older, their joints begin to wear out from years of hard use. Once the joints start to wear out, it can cause pain. Sometimes the pain can be so severe it can literally be crippling.
Fortunately, hip and lower back pain are things that can be managed and controlled. By limiting the amount of pain, you can increase your quality of life. You can go out and do all the things you love doing and otherwise enjoy the golden years of your life.
One of the ways someone can help ease hip and lower back pain is to stay active. If you get up and move around, you can help prevent your joints from stiffening up. A lot of hip and lower back pain can be caused simply by just sitting around, doing nothing. By getting involved in hobbies or activities you enjoy, you can keep moving, keep your mind sharp, and stay happy.
Another simple thing that can be done to help with hip and lower back pain is exercise. No or low impact exercises are perfect for everyone to take part in. No and low impact exercises allow a person to get the exercise they need without putting a strain on their body. As we all know, strains can lead to further injuries down the road. No and low impact exercises will keep you from overdoing it.
When you exercise, it’s important to listen to what your body is telling you. If you feel any pain at all, immediately stop what you’re doing. Pain is your body’s way of alerting you to the fact; if you continue doing what you’re doing it can result in further injury.
When you are exercising at a gym and have access to a physical trainer, doctor, or physical therapist, tell them about the pain you just experienced. Carefully show them what you just did that caused the pain, being certain to stop if you feel the pain again.
Have them demonstrate to you the proper way to do the exercise, just in case it was improper technique that caused the original pain. Whenever you do an exercise, be certain to use proper form and technique each time to avoid injuries.
What Else Can Be Done to Manage Joint Pain
If joint pain is preventing you from enjoying life, don’t keep missing out. Hit Play on your life and find a physician in your area that can help you about potential solutions for your hip or knee pain.
Aside from my own growing set of joint pains, my paternal grandmother has had both knees replaced. One of my aunts has had a knee replaced. My dad just recently had hip surgery.
I am really hoping to avoid joint replacements so in the meantime, I want to manage it the best I can. TimeToHitPlay.com will help with this process by helping me locate a doctor that can help.
Do you have joint pain? What do you do to manage it?