Once you’ve identified the source of your upper leg pain, whether it is due to arthritis or a hamstring sports injury or another physical problem, your doctor will create a pain relief treatment plan for you. Considering that most people will only visit their medical professional to obtain that plan and/or prescription medication once, the post health problem recovery will not be regularly medically supervised. If you are one of those people who are looking to speed up their upper leg pain recovery process, ensure that you follow these 5 post- treatment Do’s:
1. Stay Hydrated: It’s shocking how little people seem to understand about the importance of staying hydrated and the effects that dehydration can have on the body – especially the muscles in your leg. And, perhaps less surprisingly, many people who are dehydrated are shocked to find out that is the case. Fluids are very important to the healthy function of muscles, and not having enough can lead to upper leg pain and cramping as well as a worsening of already existing discomfort.
2. Exercise: In almost every case, staying active is important to both pain management and reducing the risk of furthering illness or injury that may be contributing to pain in the legs. A sedentary lifestyle has been attributed to a wide range of health conditions, and regular, healthy activity can help deter pain, improve mobility and improve overall health. Physical therapy, such as that commonly used for knee pain treatment, is incredibly successful for this reason, as safe and healthy activity is needed for proper healing.
3. Evaluate Diet: There is perhaps a lot more of a relationship between food intake and health than most people care to entertain. While most people are aware that potassium and magnesium citrate intake can certainly reduce the risk of uncomfortable muscle cramping, they fail to understand that a balanced and healthy diet that includes all of the nutrients that muscles in the upper leg need to remain healthy are almost as important. In addition, diet of course plays another important role in the fight against upper leg pain in that healthy weight maintenance can absolutely help to reduce pain in numerous ways. Eliminate processed foods from your diet, and increase intake of green leafy vegetables, and healthy fats such as extra virgin olive oil (for salads) and coconut oil (start with 1 teaspoon daily and gradually increase to 2 tablespoons daily).
4. Consider Cryosauna as Alternative Add-on Treatment: Alternative therapies like Whole Body Cryotherapy a.k.a. Cryosauna, when confirmed to be safe by your doctor (in case you have heart conditions or are pregnant), can be an effective pain relief method, especially for those who prefer to avoid chemical pain medications. The cold sauna therapy method was first introduced as a rheumatoid arthritis treatment back in the 70’s, but now it’s being used for many health conditions and many types of pain, from eczema, skin rejuvenation, to stress and depression, seasonal allergies, and even weight loss. A major alternative medicine competitor to acupuncture and physiotherapy for pain relief due to sports injuries, cryosauna offers almost immediate temporary pain relief for up to 6 hours following the treatment, with impressive long term benefits achieved within 10 sessions. Athletes and Dr. Oz himself rave about cryosauna, so why not try it as an add-on treatment for your upper leg pain relief and enhanced performance? Call Cryotherapy Health and Wellness Inc. today to schedule your free consultation!
5. Make Necessary Lifestyle Changes: Although making lifestyle changes like increasing physical activity and dieting can be challenging, they can mean the difference between reducing pain or dealing with it for many years, especially in the case of chronic health conditions that can be underlying. Kicking habits like smoking and drinking are also important to alleviating sources of upper leg pain, and many people find that over time, lifestyle changes and alternative treatments can reduce the need for or entirely eliminate the need for pain medications.