Tips on Alleviating Arthritis Pain

Tips on Alleviating Arthritis Pain

Medical professionals generally define arthritis as inflammation of the joints which lead to joint pain and muscle stiffness. The reality is that there are over one hundred different kinds of arthritis, each with different causes and ways to treat them.[1] In this blog, we will go over some of the common types of arthritis, their symptoms, and ways to help alleviate pain associated with arthritis.

Common Types

Every day, we use our joints and muscles to move around. Depending on our different lifestyles, we wear and tear these tissues over time. This normal wear and tear can contribute to osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis entails the wearing down of protective tissues in your body which can lead to joint pain.

Another common form of arthritis is called rheumatoid arthritis. This is kind of arthritis is where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissue, like joints and organs. This can also lead to pain and swelling. At the moment, there is no cure.

Ways to Alleviate Pain

The primary thing to say at the outset is that you should consult your physician first. They will be able to diagnose you or your loved one accurately and provide appropriate treatments to follow.

In general, there are several things you can do to help alleviate stress[2]:

Exercise: This means to keep your body active either by walking every day or every other day, do some stretching, or perform other forms cardiovascular exercises. If you are capable, incorporate some resistance training (weightlifting) in your routine to keep your muscles strong.

Move: On a related note, make sure you do not sit or stand still for long periods of time, as this can contribute to muscle tightness and pain. Keep your body moving throughout the day by getting up from a seated position every fifteen minutes to do some light stretches or walk around.

Medications: Another find alternative and treatment can be through medications. You can consult with your doctor about what might be the best one to take, but generally anti-pain medications like Ibuprofen work well. Additionally, there are creams and/or ointments that can also do the trick.

Focus on Your Mental Health: This is something you may not hear often, but arthritis can negatively impact your quality of life and, in turn, your mental health. It can be beneficial to talk to a therapist or counselor about ways to cope with the condition. Self-care is not just about bodily care, it’s about your peace of mind, as well.

Do Not Smoke Cigarettes: Inhaling cigarettes can often exacerbate arthritis by contributing to stress on the connective tissues in your body. If you can, try to avoid smoking.

These are just some things to consider. The most appropriate help you can find is by vising your physician, getting a diagnosis, and proceeding from there. If you have any questions, feel free to call ElderCare at Home at 888-285-0093 or visit our website!

[1] Source: https://www.healthline.com/health/arthritis

[2] Source: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/arthritis/in-depth/arthritis/art-20046440

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