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- Always stretch and warm up the body slowly before and after a workout. A sudden spurt of activity is likely to aggravate the injury or cause new ones.
- Immediately after an activity or when you feel the aches in localized area, apply towel soaked in warm salt-water to soothe the affected area. Disomfort in lower limbs/foot can be managed by putting the limbs in warm salt water.
- After the initial hours, ice is most effective to bring down the swelling and inflammation over the next few days. Use ice packs regularly for the next 5 to 7 days.
- If you do a repetitive task, sitting at the desk or specific motion then ensure that you stretch and walk every hour so that stiffness does not set in.
- Avoid high intensity activities till the pain goes away. Cut back on the strenuous activities or exercises for a few days.
- Maintain a healthy exercise routine to ensure health of muscles and joints. It keeps the body nimble and joints flexible thereby reducing the chances of further or regular injuries and aches.
This article has been authored by Ms Inderpreet Kaur in her personal capacity. The views and opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not reflect the views of GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Please note that no part of this website content is intended as medical advice. Kindly visit your doctor for diagnosis and medical advice for your knee problems/pain.
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