What are some ways to relieve pain during exercise?

Edward Phillips
Physical Therapy
If you think pain relief could help you exercise more comfortably, discuss the options with your doctor. Examples include the following:
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers. Naproxen (Aleve), ibuprofen (Advil), or acetaminophen (Tylenol) help reduce pain. Check with your doctor about the safest choice for you. Take 30 to 45 minutes before you do a workout.
  • Warm showers. Showering before exercise helps warm up muscles and joints.
  • Cold. Apply an ice wrap to the sore joint for 20 minutes after exercise.
  • Braces. When needed, a brace can help support muscles, distribute force, and limit movement. Talk to your doctor about whether a brace would be helpful, and, if so, which kind to choose.

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