In-The-Moment Ways To Reduce Joint Inflammation

When joints become inflamed, it is almost always because something is wrong. You might be developing arthritis in that joint. Or, you may have injured something. You can figure out the cause — perhaps with the help of a doctor — later on. For now, though, you may want to do something to bring the inflammation down in the short term. Here are some steps you can take to reduce joint pain in the moment.

Apply Ice

Ice will cool the joint down, which will constrict the blood vessels in the area. This will prevent additional blood and fluid from pooling in the joint, bringing down the overall inflammation. Put a thin cloth between your joint and the ice pack to protect your skin from frostbite. If you don't have an ice pack, a bag of frozen veggies works well. Some people also like to dunk the inflamed joint in a tub of cold water. This is easy enough to do if the inflamed joint is an ankle or wrist.


Ibuprofen and naproxen are both sold over-the-counter in the U.S. and are widely used as pain relievers. But did you know they also reduce inflammation? They're classified as NSAIDs — non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Taking a dose of ibuprofen or naproxen should alleviate some of the inflammation in your joint, and as an added bonus, should ease any pain in that joint. Make sure you take these medications according to instructions on the label, since taking too much can lead to an upset stomach and other side effects.

Apply CBD

CBD is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. You can find CBD topicals at most health food stores and also at some pharmacies. Simply rub the CBD cream over the inflamed joint, and give it a few minutes to absorb. This is another remedy that relieves pain while also reducing inflammation. If you prefer, you can take CBD orally instead. Just make sure you buy it from a reputable source. Hold the drops of CBD beneath your tongue before swallowing them, as this allows them to be absorbed into the bloodstream faster.

If you have an inflamed joint, ice, CBD, and NSAIDs are all good ways to relieve the inflammation in the short term. Do, however, make sure you see a doctor and figure out why you're struggling with this joint pain. Long-term, you will want to treat the underlying cause.

For more information on joint inflammation, contact a professional near you.