How to Quickly Treat Osteoarthritis Pain

If you suffer from osteoarthritis, you’ll know it can be debilitating, making it difficult to perform even the most everyday tasks. While there’s no cure for osteoarthritis, you can manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life in many ways. In this article, we’ll explore some quick relief tips for osteoarthritis that can help alleviate pain and stiffness and improve your joint mobility and overall well-being. Whether you’re newly diagnosed or have been living with osteoarthritis for a while, these tips can help you take control of your condition and live a more comfortable, active life.

Low-Impact Exercises


It may come as no surprise that regular physical activity can help improve the mobility in your joints. When you exercise correctly, it can help reduce pain and stiffness and improve the strength of your muscles, which can help target the cause of the pain. The best exercises for osteoarthritis sufferers include low-impact exercises such as walking, swimming, and cycling.

Hot and Cold Therapy

Applying heat or cold to the affected joints is a great way to temporarily reduce pain and inflammation. Hot therapy, such as taking a hot bath or shower, can help relax your muscles and improve the flexibility of your joints. Cold therapy, such as applying a frozen ice pack if you have a hand or wrist injury, can help reduce swelling and numb the pain for a while.

Pain Relief Medication

Over-the-counter pain relief medication, such as acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, can help manage pain and reduce inflammation. This is especially helpful if your condition prevents you from performing everyday tasks and the other tips on this list fail to provide quick relief. Be sure to follow the recommended dosage and talk to your doctor before taking any new medication in case there are any potential interactions with any other medication you’re taking.

Control Your Weight

This is certainly not a quick relief exercise, but maintaining a healthy weight is still really important when it comes to managing your osteoarthritis. Maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce stress on weight-bearing joints, such as the hips and knees. Keeping your weight down can also help reduce the risk of further joint damage.

Physical Therapy

A physical therapist can teach you exercises and techniques to improve joint mobility. Similar to the low-impact exercises we mentioned above, these exercises can help to reduce pain and stiffness and increase the strength of your muscles. These can include one or a combination of the following:

Assistive Devices

Depending on the severity of your condition, you may want to consider using an assistive device, such as a brace, splint, or cane. These tools can help to reduce the stress on your sore joints and improve mobility while improving your independence, safety, and quality of life. Here are some examples:

Relaxation Techniques

Osteoarthritis can cause pain, stiffness, and tension, which can be stressful and make it difficult to relax. Luckily there are some techniques you can try to help reduce stress and improve your overall well-being, such as the following:

We hope the above exercises can help you find some quick relief. If you’re suffering from severe pain in Dallas or the surrounding area, speak with a healthcare professional at the Hand and Wrist Institute. We can help you develop a personalized treatment plan appropriate for your needs.


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Dr. John Knight
Dr. John Knight

Dr. Knight is a renowned hand, wrist and upper extremity surgeon with over 25 years of experience. Dr. Knight is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Fellowship trained. Dr Knight has appeared on CNN, The Doctors TV, Good Morning America, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Oxygen network and more.