Maybe I’ve share this with you privately. Do you suffer from pain? Here’s my take on why surgery is a last resort! Muscle pain and joint pain both have options.
There are many other therapies to try first. Depending on where your pain is you can use some or all of these methods. Note, these links are to research articles and other blog posts. If you want more research there’s plenty about these topics.
Five Things You Must Try Before Surgery
- Stretching exercises. I can’t say enough about doing this three or more times daily. When I had Plantar Fasciitis, this helped me walk without pain. Sciatica and neck pain will never improve if you don’t stretch your back, legs, and arms – daily.The best time is when you wake up and right before bed. Doing exercise benefits both muscle pain and joint pain. Arthritis pain benefits too.
Natural Ways To Reduce Joint Pain
2. Eat to reduce inflammation. If nightshades cause you pain, you’ll need to avoid them. For many arthritis patients they do. In my 30 years of practice, I’ve seen this group of foods be problematic for many people with pain. Joint or muscle pain both can increase with certain foods.
Nightshades seem to also bother people with autoimmune illness. They can cause pain and inflammation. If you suspect this is a problem for you, don’t eat from this food group for 14 days. Then add one item back per week to determine what bothers you.
3. Make sure you stay away from grains, sugar, and dairy as much as possible. Each day there’s more evidence that eating these foods are harmful to you in many ways. Sugar is the worst. It is said to be very addictive. Have you ever tried to stop eating sugar? Bet you can’t do it for a full year!
Grains are another one that’s hard to kick, so slow down and eat other things. Look at your day. Do you have grains at every meal? If so, plan to have grains at one meal each day.
4. Acupuncture is the best treatment next to Acupuncture injections. Insurance is including this as a standard benefit because it works so well. The research is immense that it can help with sore muscles, arthritis, and more.
Quality acupuncture will include bodywork and cupping. The circulation and nervous system become engaged through proper bodywork before and after acupuncture.
- Prolotherapy or acupuncture injectionsAt the top of my list and that of many others is this form of treatment because it is so safe and effective. The American Osteopathic Association of Prolotherapy Regenerative Medicine recommends Prolotherapy. I am fully trained and licensed to provide this care.
Muscle pain and joint pain both respond well to prolotherapy or acupuncture injections.
In conclusion, things I have little experience with but would suggest you look into depending on the type of pain and location. Stemcell and PRP therapy. You’ll need to do your research on who to see or if these would benefit you.
I always say pain is no laughing matter, and it’s not. I’ve had my share too.