Joint Pain? Motion is your friend
6/27/2016 1:00 PM
The joints in your body make up a number of different parts that work together so you can bend, stretch, twist and turn easily.
When you’re recovering from an injury or developing an arthritis condition, you may feel tempted not to move around as much. However, motion is generally your friend when it comes to joint health. Staying sedentary is actually detrimental to your joints because they get their nourishment and are able to recuperate with motion.
When you injure a joint, motion often has to be done in a protective manner by shielding it from bearing weight, but moving your joints is still important. Braces are typically used when treating an injury or unstable ligament, but they are not always the best way to protect injured joints. Treating such injuries should be determined on an individual basis with your physician.
If you find your joints are becoming more stiff and inflexible, a doctor or physical therapist can help you get your range of motion back to where it needs to be.
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About the Author
Stuart Shapiro, DO, is an Orthopedic Surgeon at the Live Oak Health Partners Specialty Care clinic in San Marcos, Texas.