Everyday Tips to Ease Chronic Pain

Tips for Easing Persistent Pain

Over 50 million Americans live with chronic pain conditions, which can get in the way of everyday activities and significantly decrease your quality of life. Fortunately, you don’t have to accept your pain as a part of your everyday life.

In light of Pain Awareness Month, the health experts at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital are here to share some simple lifestyle changes that can help you to find some much-needed relief.

Get Up and Get Moving

When it comes to addressing chronic pain conditions like having lower back pain or osteoarthritis, introducing exercise into your routine can help to ease your symptoms. Research has shown that getting regular exercise can help to:

  • Reduce pain severity.
  • Improve physical function.
  • Improve quality of life.

Quit Smoking

Like most areas of your health, smoking and using tobacco products can leave you at an increased risk of experiencing pain-causing inflammation and exacerbate the symptoms associated with arthritic conditions. Fortunately, you can combat the effects of smoking by quitting.

Get Good Quality Rest

When living with chronic pain, getting good quality sleep each night can help to improve your symptoms. Studies suggest that skipping out on good quality sleep each night can:

  • Cause pain-causing inflammation.
  • Exacerbate existing pain.
  • Negatively impact your mental health.

Try to aim to get the recommended 7-9 hours of rest each night to help minimize your pain.

If you still have questions about your specific condition and how you can effectively manage your symptoms, reach out to your primary care team.

Primary Care in Ridgecrest, California

At Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, our team of highly trained and experienced family physicians and internists is dedicated to providing healthcare services to patients of all ages in Ridgecrest and surrounding areas.

To learn more about our primary care services or schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call at (760) 446-3551 (Mon-Fri 8 AM-4:30 PM).