Now that we’ve talked about the joint injuries and their diagnosis, let’s talk about their treatment.
First things first, rest is your ally. Your body needs time to heal, so it's important to give the injured area a break. While you don't have to be couch-bound, easing off activities that strain the injured part is crucial.
You may need to use the R.I.C.E. approach here. R stands for rest, I is for ice. Applying ice wrapped in a cloth for about 15-20 minutes at a time can help reduce swelling and soothe pain. But remember, no direct ice-on-skin contact. C is for compression.
Wrapping the area with an elastic bandage can control swelling and provide support. And E is for elevate – propping up the injured area helps minimize swelling by letting gravity do its thing.
Over-the-counter pain relievers can help ease discomfort. Just stick to the recommended doses.
But remember, treatment isn't one-size-fits-all. Depending on how serious your injury is, you might need more than the basics.
Physical therapy might be in the cards, where experts guide you through exercises to regain strength and flexibility. A healthcare professional might recommend a brace or splint for added support during healing. For more severe cases, they might suggest injections or even surgery.