According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are an estimated 54.4 million US adults who have some form of arthritis. Nearly 50% of those over the age of 65 are living with this painful condition. Arthritis is a type of joint pain or swelling that ranges in severity from person to person, and can cause pain and mobility issues that affect many aspects of daily living.
In honor of March being National Arthritis Awareness Month, let’s talk about how to manage your arthritis. Here are our tips to better managing your pain:
1. Plan ahead. If you aren’t already seeing a rheumatologist, you should look into it. Working with your doctor not only can help track your pain, but also help you plan ahead for any unexpected flare-ups where medications might be necessary.
2. Eat a healthy diet. We hope this goes without saying, but diet is incredibly important in managing arthritis. Incorporating anti-inflammatory foods such as fish, nuts and seeds, blueberries and olive oils can help reduce the swelling in our b http:// odies, which can also manage our arthritis pain.
3. Apply heat and cold. Hot and cold compresses on painful joints can help reduce swelling and calm pain. Specifically, ice will help reduce inflammation, and heat will encourage blood flow and nutrients to the affected area. Switch off between them for maximum benefits.
4. Rest. When you have arthritis, you likely need more rest to allow your joints and bones to recover and regain energy. Make sure to get at least a full eight hours of sleep each night, and take naps if you need to.
5. Slow down, but don’t stop. Don’t let arthritis pain discourage you from doing the things you love. Physical movement in any capacity is going to help your joints stay lubricated, and the more we move them, the longer your stamina will remain. Just always remember to give yourself a break--- if you’re feeling stiff.
Don’t forget to stay positive, too. Arthritis can certainly be a challenging condition, but if you continue to encourage yourself to live life to the fullest and respond to your body’s needs, the more likely you will be able to better manage your pain.
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