Ongoing joint pain or conditions like osteoarthritis are examples of chronic pain. Acute pain, on the other hand, is categorised as sudden and severe discomfort. So, if you cut your finger with a knife while pretending you’re the next top chef, don’t fret. Painful injuries like these usually go away within a relatively short period of time.
Risk factors for chronic pain include:
- Previous injury
- Previous surgery
Visit your healthcare professional to best understand what causes your chronic pain. Together, you can tailor a path of treatment that works for you and addresses your underlying causes of chronic pain.
Treatment of chronic pain
Treating chronic pain can help you regain your joy of movement, so you can feel a little bit more like yourself again.
Medicated pain treatments include:
NSAIDs like diclofenac, the active ingredient in Voltarol gels and medicated plasters, can be effective at relieving some types of pain, including painful joint pain flare-ups. Many NSAIDs are available over-the-counter. Our Voltarol gels can be used for up to 14 days, and our medicated plasters for up to 7 days as part of your pain management. Always follow the product instructions, and if you are unsure about what pain would work best for you, seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist.
There are lots of things that can help to keep you moving without medication.
Non-medicated chronic pain treatments include:
Stress can make chronic pain worse. Relaxation techniques may help you reduce stress in your life and might help to lessen pain. They may also improve your quality of sleep, which has a large impact on chronic pain.
Eating well and maintaining a consistent sleep schedule can contribute to overall wellness. Maintaining a healthy body weight can take physical strain off your body, thereby helping to ease pain.
Physiotherapy, using techniques such as stretching exercises and massage, may help ease chronic pain. This can help to strengthen the muscles around your joints, which will help support them and prevent problems. The goal of physical therapy is to increase your strength and flexibility gradually, so you can get back on your feet.
- Light exercise
Light exercise can strengthen your muscles, relieving pressure on your joints. This can help decrease pain in your joints. One of the benefits of regular exercise is that it reduces the risk of and can improve symptoms of chronic disease, like diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, and back or joint pain. Weight management, a frequent result of exercise, can also help reduce joint pain.
Stretching keeps your muscles loose, which can relieve pressure on your joints. A regular stretching routine can keep your muscles strong and healthy, resulting in increased range of motion. Check out our stretches for knee pain and stretches for back pain.
If your pain isn’t serious and is a type that you and your health care provider deem can be managed yourself, it’s important to get on top of it so it doesn’t hold you back from getting on with life. That way you can regain a sense of yourself and enjoy doing the things you love once again.