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Are you living with Arthritis pain?

Arthritis is a painful inflammatory condition. The experience of pain influences how you move, sleep, think, feel, cope, and interact. Intense pain can cause setbacks and shake up every aspect of your life.You can ease your flareups of pain or deal with pain before it becomes intense and distressing.

Your mental outlook impacts how well you function with chronic pain. Self-management therapeutic skills can improve quality of life and living with Arthritis. Regular exercise and pain management are the best care practices to manage this disease and prevent the condition from getting worst.

 The focus of arthritis treatment is to reduce pain, minimize joint damage, and maintain joint function. You have an active role in controlling your arthritic pain.

 Tip #1 Exercise:

Staying active as your health allows is critical. Keep joints mobile with regular exercise and exercise safely. Movement decreases pain, and stiffness increases your endurance.

  • Being physically active can reduce pain sensations and improve joint functions. 
  • Focus on stretching and gradual progressive strength training.  
  • Stretch and warm up with range-of-motion exercises.  
  • Strengthening exercises helps to build stronger muscles. It protects and supports your joints.

Joint injuries can worsen arthritis conditions. Choose easy on the joints activities like walking, bicycling. Avoid fatigue. Low impact exercise activities have a low risk of injury. 

Tip #2 Managing Pain: 

Arthritis pain is not pleasant leaves you drained and feeling down. Treatment plans are adapted to manage your pain.

  • Physical activity is a non-drug way to relieve arthritis pain.
  • Use joint-protecting devices that support painful joints. Splints, braces, canes other aids can help ease your discomfort and prevent injury.
  • Apply heat to sore joints to increase the flow of blood. 
  • Use cold packs after exercising. Ease pain and stiffness. 
  • Cold decreases circulation, reduces swelling, and numbs nerve endings that interpret pain. 
  • Try an ice pack around the affected joints if you have sharp pain.   
  • Massage relieves pain and stiffness.
  • Sleep problems can go hand in hand with pain. Pain makes it hard to sleep, and poor sleep can worsen the pain. 
  • Getting sufficient sleep is essential.
  • Prescription medications help target and ease arthritis pain. Some over-the-counter medications are also helpful to keep pain under control.

Managing arthritis pain is teamwork. Getting an accurate diagnosis is crucial to starting treatment. Discuss exercise and pain management plans with your health care provider.