When you’re sick over the winter, the last thing you want is to be dealing with body aches and joint pain on top of everything else. Unfortunately, these are common symptoms of many illnesses, such as the flu. But there are things you can do to help prevent or lessen these pains. Here are a few tips from Associated Orthopedics of Detroit.
1. Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of fluids helps your body flush out toxins and can reduce inflammation. Aim for eight glasses of water a day, or more if you can.
2. Get some rest. When you’re sick, your body needs time to heal. So make sure to get plenty of sleep. This doesn’t mean you have to stay in bed all day, but do take it easy and take naps when you can.
3. Eat healthy foods. Eating a nutritious diet helps your immune system fight off infection and can also help reduce inflammation. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your diet, and limit sugary and processed foods as much as possible.
4. Exercise regularly. Exercise is important for overall health, but it can also help reduce pain by strengthening muscles and improving flexibility. Just make sure not to overdo it when you’re feeling under the weather—listen to your body and take breaks when needed.
5. Apply heat or cold therapy. If you're dealing with muscle aches and pains, applying heat or cold therapy can help alleviate some of the discomfort. Heat therapy increases blood flow and relaxes muscles, while cold therapy numbs pain and reduces inflammation. Try using a heating pad or taking a warm bath for heat therapy, or apply a cold pack to sore muscles for 10-15 minutes at a time.
6. Take over-the-counter medication. If you're struggling with pain despite following the tips above, there are over-the-counter medications that can help ease your symptoms. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is a good option for pain relief, while ibuprofen (Advil) can help reduce inflammation in addition to relieving pain. Be sure to follow the instructions on the packaging carefully and never take more than the recommended dosage.
7. See a doctor if your symptoms persist. If you've been following these tips but still aren't feeling any better after a few days, it's time to see a doctor. They will be able to determine whether you have a viral or bacterial infection and prescribe medication accordingly. In some cases, they may also recommend physical therapy or other treatments to help reduce pain and inflammation.
If you find yourself dealing with body aches and joint pain this winter, try implementing these tips. Of course, if your pain is severe or lasts for more than a few days, it’s always best to consult with a doctor or orthopedic specialist to rule out any underlying conditions or injuries.
At Associated Orthopedics of Detroit, we specialize in treating patients who have suffered orthopedic injuries—including those caused by falls. If you’ve recently fallen and are experiencing any pain or discomfort, we encourage you to come see us so that we can properly assess your injuries and provide you with the treatment you need. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon. The Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC in St. Clair Shores and Shelby Township, MI is committed to providing the best care possible for our patients following a car accident. Our team provides immediate and expert treatment to trauma patients. If you've suffered a serious injury and need medical attention, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to make your appointment.