Arthritis is a painful and degenerative condition that affects the quality of life for more than 50 million Americans. It’s marked by inflammation in the joints that causes stiffness and pain. Although the condition is commonly misunderstood as simply experiencing “aches and pains” that are often associated with growing older, the reality of arthritis is actually much more complex. It is often caused by one of more than 100 diseases and conditions that affect musculoskeletal health. Arthritis doesn’t discriminate, either. Approximately two-thirds of affected Americans are under the age of 65, and from all walks of life.
There are a number of ways to help manage your arthritis symptoms. Understanding your treatment options is very important, so have a chat with your doctor to explore what might work for you.
These simple tips can help your overall health, and may also decrease arthritis symptoms:
Lose weight: If your arthritis pain is particularly affecting your knees, ankles or feet, weight loss is recommended as it will result in less pressure and strain being placed on the joints. As little as 10 pounds lost can show results.
Get some exercise: Though it may seem counterintuitive, getting exercise is a great way to relieve arthritis pain. Exercising in water is easiest on joints, but if this isn't possible, simply walking a little further every day will help. Still, stick to a moderate exercise plan and don't overdo it or else you could end up doing more damage.
Stretch throughout the day: If you find yourself repeating the same motions throughout the day, take time out every hour or two to rest, and to stretch and move your body in a different way. This is especially critical for people who work in jobs which leave them sitting for most of their time.
Add healthy fats: Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties similar to those found in NSAIDs. 2,000-3,000 mg a day should do the trick to help you find pain relief. You can get this via supplements and by eating fatty fish such as salmon.
Get some sunshine: Vitamin D is proven to play a key role in bone health. Make it a point to get some sunshine every day, or add foods to your diet that are rich in Vitamin D such as milk, eggs, cheese and sardines.
Use topical pain relief: For years, topical pain relievers have been providing arthritis pain relief. Absorbine Jr., for example, has been used for over 100 years and is still going strong. If you have a large area of pain, try applying Absorbine Jr. Back Patch or Ultra Strength Pain Patch, for up to 8 hours of relief. For smaller areas, apply Absorbine Jr. Pain Relieving Liquid and start to feel the relief quickly.