What Are The Ways To Reduce Joint Swelling?

Written by Cassie Bell
Q: For the past couple of days, I have been having unusual pain and swelling in my hands, wrists, knees, ankles and feet. How should I reduce it? Is this a symptom of Arthritis?
Expert Answer

Inflammation of joints may occur due to many reasons, from physical injury and strain to arthritis. Consuming prescription drugs or painkillers every time make your joints swell up. So, it is good to know how to reduce swelling and pain in a natural and healthy manner. Simple and small habits make a huge difference in how well one can manage such issues.

Grab Some Ice

How to Reduce Joint Swelling

Ice therapy is a good way to address joint swelling and pain. Keep an ice pack in your refrigerator ready. When the pain becomes unbearable, place the ice pack on the injured or inflamed joint, and allow it to follow the natural process of:

  • First feeling cool
  • Then burning, followed by an aching sensation
  • Finally becoming numb

This usually takes a few minutes. It can be done multiple times a day if one chooses to do so. You may also consider applying HondroCream if the pain is recurrent throughout the day.

Eat Foods High in Antioxidants

“How to reduce joint swelling by diet?” is a common doubt people have. Of course, a healthy diet specific to physiological issues such as joint pain and swelling is vital. A diet with the following nutrients may help:

  • Folic acid and the other B complex vitamins aid the functioning of our bodies and therefore inflammation as well. Although it is hard to determine what the exact functions are, there is a definitive positive relation between blood rich in these nutrients and reduced inflammation in the joints. This may help people with arthritis and related ailments.
  • Foods rich in vitamin D are highly recommended.
  • Vitamins A, C, and E are common antioxidants known to benefit those suffering from such ailments. Foods that are rich in these vitamins are carrots, citrus fruits, nuts, and beans respectively.

There are some joint pain relief supplements available in the market which contains antioxidants. Theraworx Relief is one of them.

Drink Plenty of Water

Swelling is the body’s way of coping with irritants in its natural environment. To accelerate this process, a high intake of fluids can help very much. Water cleanses the system and helps wash out such irritants faster.


Many of us wonder if exercising is one of the methods of reducing joint swelling or if it would make matters worse. The truth is, resting the body allows the swelling to settle. If you continuously avoid using your joints though, you may end up having a hard time re-using them once they are healed. On the other hand, if you decide to work out to an extent where the body cannot handle the pressure, it is just as bad, or probably even worse. The best solution is to mildly exercise (physiotherapy), with regular intervals or rest, of course. Even simple activities like walking/bicycling to the supermarket can give your body a good exercise.

Get Some Rest

When people exert, they are multi-tasking at high levels, not allowing the body to concentrate on the damaged parts. When asleep or inactive, the human body has the advantage of being able to allow the healing process to take place without causing further damage. This is why getting a good amount of sleep is important.

Nevertheless, if these so-called proven ways do not work or turn out to be futile you can consider using a joint supplement for a change. How about Omega XL which is one the most reviewed supplement on the market today. This supplement might be a solution to all your joint problems including joint swelling and stiffness.


Contributor : Cassie Bell ()

This Article Has Been Published on July 2, 2013 and Last Modified on November 29, 2018

Cassie Bell is an editor, blogger, writer, and teacher, and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Central Arkansas. Previously, she was a soldier in the Army for eight years as a Dental Assistant and currently work full-time as an English teacher. She believes children are the future, and my goal is to make them life-learners. She builds a positive rapport with students, parents, and the community. She believes in continuing to higher your education and professional development to enhance content and pedagogical skill as well as technology. She is a mother of two with her husband in Arkansas. You can connect with her on Linkedin.

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