I am sure that many people out there think that arthritis is the ‘wear and tear’ condition that affects the elderly. There are over 100 types of arthritis, with the most common types being rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. People of all ages can suffer from these two types of arthritis.
More than 54 million people in the United States are suffering from arthritis and it is the major cause of work-related disability. If you or someone you know suffers from any type of arthritis, then this article will give you lifestyle tips to ease some of the common symptoms of arthritis including swelling, joint pain, and stiffness. So, without further ado, here are those lifestyle tips:
Stay Active and Keep Fit
According to some studies, physical exercise can reduce arthritis fatigue and pain. Talk with your healthcare provider about the types of exercise that may be ideal for you. The provider can also help you know how to pace yourself to help you avoid exercising too much.
Rest When You Need To
Whenever your joints are stiff or swollen or feel painful, take some time to rest to save your energy. Ask a friend or family member to help you with your activities or chores.
Eat a Healthy Diet
While there is no specific anti-inflammatory diet to be followed, studies have shown that a diet rich in vegetables and fruits can reduce inflammation.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Losing weight can reduce pressure on joints and relieve pain. This can ease the symptoms of arthritis.
According to chronic pain studies, meditation can have positive effects on functional status, quality of life, and pain. Medical professionals think that meditation can help those who are affected by arthritis manage their pain and symptoms of depression.
Get a Massage
A certain study shows that 60 minutes of massage once a week can help ease knee pain caused by osteoarthritis.
Take CBD Supplements
CBD gummies can alleviate pain and also have the added benefit of helping with anxiety and depression.
Improve Your Sleep Habits
Lack of adequate sleep can make arthritis-related pain and fatigue worse. You can improve your sleep habits by doing the following:
Avoiding strenuous exercise and caffeine in the evening
Ensuring that your sleep environment is dark, cool, and quiet
Talking with your healthcare provider about ways to improve your sleep
Relaxing in a warm bath or doing relaxation exercises before going to bed
Using assistive devices to help manage life with arthritis.
These devices may help with daily tasks. Look for specially designed versions of items including:
Office supplies like scissors
Apply Heat or Cold Treatments
Heat treatments can help with stiff joints, circulation, and tired muscles. Try taking warm baths and using heating pads. Cold treatments can reduce swelling including taking ice baths and putting a bag of frozen vegetables, an ice bag, or a gel cold pack on the painful body part.
Feel free to find out more about arthritis or your treatment from your healthcare provider. Books, online resources, and magazines can help you learn more about arthritis and help you stay informed on new developments in treatment options and medicine.
Work with Your Healthcare Provider
Talk with your healthcare provider about any changes in your arthritis symptoms to help the provider know the right treatment for you. Take your medication as prescribed and report any health changes or medication side effects to your healthcare provider.
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