by Meghan Griech, PT, DPT, cert MDT, CKTP

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As the weather warms up and spring arrives, many of us are eager to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. However, for those who suffer from joint pain, the season can also bring added discomfort. Here are five tips to help you avoid joint pain in spring and make the most of the season.

Stay Active, But Don’t Overdo It

Exercise is essential for maintaining healthy joints, but it’s important not to overdo it. If you’re starting a new exercise routine, start slowly and gradually increase the intensity and duration. You can also mix up your activities to avoid repetitive strain on your joints.

Stretch Before and After Exercise

Stretching is an important part of any exercise routine, and it can help prevent joint pain. Before exercising, make sure to warm up with some light stretching. After exercising, cool down with some gentle stretches to help prevent stiffness and soreness.

Wear the Right Shoes

Wearing the right shoes is crucial for preventing joint pain, especially if you’re engaging in high-impact activities like running or hiking. Make sure your shoes provide adequate support and cushioning, and replace them when they start to wear out.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

Carrying extra weight puts added stress on your joints, which can lead to pain and discomfort. By maintaining a healthy weight, you can help prevent joint pain and reduce your risk of developing conditions like osteoarthritis.

Listen to Your Body

Finally, it’s important to listen to your body and take breaks when you need to. If you’re feeling fatigued or experiencing pain, take a break and rest. Ignoring your body’s signals can lead to more serious injuries and long-term joint damage.

In conclusion, by following these tips, you can avoid joint pain in spring and enjoy all the season has to offer. Remember to stay active, stretch regularly, wear the right shoes, maintain a healthy weight, and listen to your body. If you’re experiencing persistent joint pain or discomfort, talk to your doctor about other treatment options that may be available to you.


*Disclaimer: All information in this article is intended for instruction and informational purposes. The author(s) are not responsible for any harm or injury that may result.  This information is used to supplement not replace any advice you were provided from your doctor or another medical health professional.  No guarantees of specific results are expressly made or implied with this article.

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5 Tips to Avoid Joint Pain in Spring