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How Retired Seniors Can Relieve Chronic Pain

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By Brooke Chaplan

Life doesn’t seem fair when you realize that you’ve worked hard for retirement only to find out that you’ve got chronic aches and pains that make it hard to enjoy your favorite hobbies. Going golfing or spending time in the garden is less enticing when you wake up with a sore back or aching joints. Although it might seem impossible, it is possible to manage chronic pain and get back to enjoying your life in retirement.

Identify the Source of the Discomfort

The cause for certain types of chronic pain is sometimes hard to pin down. This is because you have nerves that run through your body. An injury in one area can sometimes cause pain somewhere else. Or, you might not be fully sure of why your back or joint hurts. Consider contacting a medical professional that can help you find a suitable pain relief solution. Relying on an expert will allow you to determine the safest and most effective way to ease any pain or discomfort you have been experiencing. Starting out with a thorough physical exam and diagnostic imaging tests helps you to know that you are treating the right part of your body.

Try Steroid Injections

Steroid injections are a powerful way to achieve long-lasting pain relief. With an injection, steroids are placed directly into a joint, trigger point, or tendon where they help to bring down inflammation that contributes to pain. Depending upon your injury, you may find that you get adequate relief from just one injection. Or, you can get them done on a regular basis to treat ongoing pain.

Continue to Be Active

Sure, just climbing out of bed or your favorite armchair is painful some days. However, sitting too much just causes your body to get stiff. Try to make sure that you get up and move around for several minutes every hour. Even if you just walk around the house, you’ll find that your pain seems to lessen with more movement.

Practice Good Posture

Secondary injuries can lead to even more chronic pain. Try to make sure that you aren’t overstraining one part of your body in an effort to avoid discomfort in another. For example, many seniors begin to stoop if their back hurts, or you might put more weight on a knee that hurts less than the other. Once you’ve treated the main source of your pain, then focus on using good posture to avoid putting too much pressure on the uninjured parts of your body.

Addressing chronic pain often takes some trial and error to find what works the best. You may also want to combine strategies to fully target all of the causes of your pain. Learning what helps to make you feel more comfortable gives you go-to strategies that you can use whenever you feel that familiar pain getting worse.

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