Tuesday Tips for Caregivers! Tips to Alleviate Arthritis Pain
If you or a loved one is suffering from pain resulting from arthritis, then follow some of these steps to help alleviate the discomfort. Please note: Before you follow any remedy, make sure you see a doctor to identify what type of arthritis you are dealing with. They will have the best recommendations for your specific condition.
Consider these tips:
- Don’t be still: It is helpful to keep joints moving if you are not feeling a sharp, intense pain. Also, do some light stretches to help bring the tension out of your muscles.
- Do some physical activity: This should include activities that will not exacerbate joints or put intense pressure on them. Focus on moving and mobility rather than intensity. An important first step is to consult with a doctor to see what s/he describes as the best regiment to take on. Building up some strength can make a lot of difference if you suffer from arthritis pain.
- Medications: Some over-the-counter medications can be helpful, like Ibuprofen (Tylenol and other medications, too). Ask your doctor about ointments and creams that can help. Also, depression is a large component of arthritis and treating depression with antidepressants prescribed by a doctor can also relieve some arthritis pain.
- Mental health care: Arthritis can often negatively impact people’s level of happiness. It can be beneficial to practice certain mental health techniques like relaxation and mental health counseling to help cope with the stresses of arthritis. Paying attention to your mental health is just as crucial as paying attention to your physical health.
- Avoid smoking: Toxins from smoking can stress connective tissue, which leads to more symptoms of arthritis.
- Find the appropriate footwear: Talk to your doctor about finding flexible shoes that can alleviate joint pain in the hips and knees.
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 Source: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/arthritis/in-depth/arthritis/art-20046440?pg=2