5 Self Help Tips for Living Better with Arthritis

Ease the Pain caused by Arthritis

5 Ways to help Manage Arthritis

 

Arthritis has become an epidemic among Americans and many of us feel the effects of the disease when first get moving in the morning. Most of us know that this is a chronic condition that becomes more complicated as the disease progresses but there are a few things we can do to help manage our symptoms to a degree. The following tips for living better with arthritis shouldn’t replace medical advice from your physician or physical therapist, but will give you a starting point to know that you can manage the pain caused by arthritis.

1. Stretching

Stretching targets muscle groups and also enhances joint mobility. Stretching your joints can greatly improve your daily routine by reducing pain in areas affected by arthritis. Be sure not to push into discomfort when stretching, more is not necessarily better.

2. Finding the Right kind of Activity

It is all about performing the proper form of activity for joints affected by arthritis. Some activities can lead to more destructive changes in your joints while others can actually promote your body producing your own natural pain killers among other benefits. Generally avoid activities that cause increased pain or grinding sounds that indicate you may be doing more damage than helping. Less impact is also helpful along with closed chain activities to further increase strength.

3. Cold (Ice)

Cold packs help decrease pain and inflammation which are both common side effects of arthritis. Using cold packs to control these symptoms can be effective. Try making your own cold pack if you don’t have a good quality gel pack or want to save a little money. Read our previous article here on how to make an ice pack at home very affordably. We always recommend putting any ice pack in a pillow case or use a towel to protect any skin exposed to your skin to avoid injury.

4. Vitamins

Some research shows positive effects from certain supplements including Vitamins A, C, and E as well as omega fatty acids for fighting arthritis pain. It is not recommended that you start taking every vitamin known to man, but instead discuss the idea with your physician to help develop a plan that best fits your needs and doesn’t interfere with another medication you may take.

5. Medications

Some times the pain from arthritis can be overwhelming and it is important to get your pain managed. Again, first consult with your doctor, but many find pain relievers such as ibuprofen effective in controlling their pain.

 

Arthritis can be extremely debilitating if you don’t take appropriate action. We see clients in the clinic that quickly loose their independence or their ability to walk if not managed appropriately. There are lots of things you can do to help manage your arthritis so don’t let it control your life. If you need help to specifically design a program that is tailored to your needs, call now to schedule an appointment so that you may regain your life again!

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Chris Taylor is the Founding Physical Therapist at PHYSIO Physical Therapy and Wellness Asheville. He has been voted Best Physical Therapist in Western North Carolina every year by the Mountain XPress Reader Poll. His experience includes being a patient himself which deepens his understanding of each aspect of the rehab process. He has lived and worked in 11 states which contributes to the treatment style he has developed which breaks the mold. Become a better You today! #KeepAshevilleActive