If you’ve fallen recently, you can use a variety of do-it-yourself tactics to alleviate the pain, along with any other aches related to aging. Keep in mind, if you’re worried that you may have experienced injury, it’s critical to seek medical help immediately.
The reason that acting quickly with pain relief efforts is important is that you don’t want the pain to become chronic, a regular problem for seniors. However, these DIY tips can be great first steps, coupled with treatment from a pain management professional.
- R.I.C.E- Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation – Immediately following an injury and for the next 48 hrs., use a combination of R.I.C.E to help keep swelling down and minimize pain. If after 72 hours swelling doesn’t go down contact a medical clinic for additional evaluation as it may be a more serious condition.
- Anti-Inflammatory OTC –In conjunction with R.I.C.E., its recommended to take an anti-inflammatory pain reliever, like ibuprofen, to help with comfort and swelling. Remember to follow the directions on the bottle regarding safety and dose amounts. If you’re unsure ask your physician or pharmacist.
- Self-acupressure – Author Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum specializes in pain. He recommends acupressure as a first step. Locate your trigger points: dense bundles of muscle, common to the aging process, that refer pain to other parts of your body (for example, if you have pain in your hands, typically trigger points are located near the elbow and in the underarm, shoulder, and neck). Press on the trigger point for 60 seconds. If you can’t reach a point on your back, lie on a tennis ball to access it.
- Topical solutions – An effective anti-pain cream or gel targets the area of pain from two angles, both numbing it so the pain isn’t so severe and accelerating the healing process so it doesn’t become chronic. Dr. Teitelbaum recommends Tiger Balm.
Pain is a natural part of aging and accidents happen. Nonetheless, you don’t have to needlessly suffer when medical science has developed treatment methods that can significantly reduce and possibly even eliminate your symptoms. Keep this blog and our video above handy in case an accident does happen, so you can take the necessary immediate steps – then call Pain Stop Clinics to setup a same-day or next day appointment for full evaluation of your accident.