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Tracey asked...

What's the best thing to relieve joint pain?

Tags: Diet , Exercise

My partner has joint pain? What is the best thing for him to do to help it? I keep saying to him he needs to help himself by exercising.

He keeps saying that he does enough exercise at work but I don't think that is enough to help. He has been to the docs and has had a x-ray. He leads a very unhealthy lifestyle smokes and eats junk food and is overweight.

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The answer

Your partner’s knee pain may be related to his being overweight or there may be arthritic changes within the knee.

Exercise is recommended to help joint pain, depending on the cause. Being overweight will not help and ideally he should reduce his weight and this will help relieve the strain on his joints. He will need clearance from his doctor if he wants to start an exercise regime to ensure he is fit enough to tolerate exercising. Regular pain medication may be required.

If your partner wants to lose weight and improve activity levels you may want to consider working with a personal trainer. Hopefully this will answer your question.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.


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