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    Body pain

    Body Pain: Symptoms, Causes & Relief

    • At some point in our lives, most of us will experience aches and pains in the body.
    • The older we get, the more likely we are to experience pain.
    • Here’s some information about what pain feels like, causes of pain and treatments for body pain, so you can find relief.

    What To Do

    What To Avoid

    • Try an anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as Nurofen can help relieve body pain for up to 8 hours*.
    • Rest and give injuries time to heal.
    • Apply ice to injured sprains or strains for 10 minutes every 1 to 2 hours for the first 48 hours after injury.
    • Apply compression to a strain or sprain if practical for the first 48 hours.
    • If possible, elevate and support the injured area with a pillow to reduce swelling.
    • See your doctor. If in doubt, it never hurts to get your body pain checked out.
    • If it’s a muscle strain or injury, avoid applying heat or massaging for the first few days
    • Avoid getting back into exercise too soon. While exercise is important to help injured muscles recover, the optimal time to start it again is unclear. Ask your doctor or physiotherapist for guidance on what is best for you.

    When to see your doctor?

    Seek medical assistance if your pain is intense, the result of an injury or if you are concerned about your pain.

    Don’t put off a visit to your doctor if your pain persists or worsens or if you are experiencing other symptoms.