Arthritis is the leading cause of disability for the elderly in the US. According to the CDC, 23% of all adults, or more than 54 million people, have arthritis in the US. For those living with this disease day by day, there are a few things you can do to make it feel better.
Ways to help arthritis pain
Here are some easy ways to help you if you have arthritis pain:
Getting out and moving — even for 30 minutes — greatly helps your joints. If you’re able to do it once a day, then this should help with pain the following day.
If you cannot, however, be active for this long, then consider 30 minutes of exercise a few times a week. The goal is to be active and with stretching — with the amount you can handle — without going overboard.
2. Exercises that help
There are many ways to exercise. Here are a few good ones to try:
- Yoga. Breathing with a wide-range of motion is great for the body. This is one of the best exercises to do.
- Swimming. Swimming moves almost all muscles in the body. This is another great exercise.
- Pilates. Slow and wide movements is great for arthritis.
- Walking. A simple walk is a great thing to do to move the joints.
- Biking. Biking moves the ankles, knees, hips, and lower back.
- Gardening. As funny as it sounds, getting on your knees to garden is a great way to move the joints.
3. Lose weight
This is easy to put on paper (or the internet) but another to do in real life. If you do, however, lose weight, it will make living with arthritis a lot easier.
It’s been researched that losing just one pound would relieve four pounds off the knees. Thus, if you lose 10 pounds, that would be 40 pounds off the knees and ankles.
4. Hot and cold therapy
A warm bath or shower will ease stiff joints. Take a bath first thing in the morning to relieve pain.
Cold decreases inflammation. Use a cold pack on areas where it’s painful to relieve aches.
5. Try acupuncture
The World Health Organization approved acupuncture as a means to make rheumatoid arthritis feel better. It’s a Chinese process of using “chi” and needles to reorient the flow of energy in the body.
5. Take medication
If no other way (above) helps, then consider medication. Painkillers and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are the most popular to take.
Arthritis Consultants of East Tennessee specializes in rheumatologic care, which is the practice of assessing joints, muscles, and bones for pain, swelling, stiffness, and deformity. Contact us or call 865-503-2001 today to find out how we can help you get your life back on track.