This post was sponsored by DePuy Synthes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
There are few times in my life that I remember so vividly as when my knee was injured shortly after Skye was born.
Having a baby at 41 was hard. Having a baby and not being able to walk for months just about drove me insane. It impacted every area of my life – from my relationships with my family to my ability to lose my baby weight. I couldn’t cook or do the grocery shopping and felt so burdened by the pain.
The worst of it all is that during that period I felt like my whole world was stuck on pause. I remember laying on the couch while my husband packed up the kids for a fun day out. I was in so much pain that although I desperately wanted a day out with my children, I felt like I needed to sit it out.
I still long for those precious early days that I missed out on.
Most of you know that I did eventually heal, and for that, I am so grateful. Life is just too short to keep sitting on the sidelines.
If you are dealing with hip and knee pain, it is important that you take action so that you don’t keep missing out!
1. Consider Your Diet
This is one of the most overlooked areas of healing. When you are dealing with hip and knee pain, eating clean is critical. Reducing internal inflammation is essential when you are trying to heal. A diet that is packed with whole foods is one of the most powerful things that you can give your body to support a healthy inflammatory response. I believe that my bodies ability to heal itself was largely because I became hyper-vigilant of my diet.
For me, it was being 100% gluten free, limiting dairy and giving up all processed foods. Figure out what works best for you and make a commitment to stick to it.
2. Consider Natural Options
If you can catch your joint pain early enough, it may be that natural options will work well for you. Not a substitute for medical care, consider supporting your joints with supplements and essential oil rubs.
There is a lot of research that supports the use of turmeric as an anti-inflammatory. I have found it helpful with occasional aches and pains. Making essential oil rubs to support your joints is also a great way to support your body in healing itself. Make sure you talk to your health professional first!
3. Get Help
There is a time when you need to admit that what you are doing isn’t working.
You can find a physician near you HERE.
It is critical that you talk to your doctor about your treatment options when you have been sidelined for too long and nothing is getting better. There are so many options available these days including hip and knee replacements if the situation warrants it. (This is a conversation we have had with my Mother, who suffers desperately with knee pain.) Visit TimeToHitPlay.com to find a doctor in your area to talk to about potential solutions for your hip or knee pain.