5 Strategies for Coping with Arthritis

This is a debilitating, chronic ailment that can strike just about any person. If you have been diagnosed with this disease, here are five ways you can manage the symptoms of your disease.

1. Get informed

Whether it is staying current on the newest advancements in medicine to combat your disease, or knowing the intricacies of a given therapy, it is important to indulge the least curiosity you have as it pertains to this joint disease. As with nearly all aspects of life, the first step toward acting effectively is becoming and staying informed. This means never ceasing your quest to find out more information, about both the history of an issue and current reflections.

2. Take medication

A lot of the medications recommended to combat the pain and inflammation caused by this disease are just to treat the symptoms. You can get either medications prescribed to you by a licensed healthcare professional, or take ones that are available over the counter. However, as with many other things it is important to organize your medication. This means having a schedule for taking medications, as well as physically organizing the different sorts that you are taking.

3. Use special tools and garment

One thing that a lot of sufferers and a lot of doctors swear by to combat the pain and discomfort of this chronic disease are garments designed to stimulate circulation, reduce inflammation and ease pain. These can include special orthopedic shoes, designed to lessen the force your joints are subjected to, circulation stockings to relieve the pressure put on your knees, and braces around afflicted areas. Many people find that wearing a garment specially designed to deal with their ailment helps them to gain some relief.

4. Stay Active

Staying active is such a great way to get your body back in your control and lessen the inflammation and painful feelings that go along with this disease. Physical activity should always be a part of your life, but it is extra important when you have this disease. Staying active can help you control your weight, which is great because an excess of adipose tissue (the stuff fat is made from) causes chemicals in your body to become inflamed, leading to greater stiffness and discomfort in your joints. In addition to an active lifestyle, adopting a sensible diet will ease your symptoms from this disease. A diet packed with lean protein can give you the energy you need on a daily basis.

5. Try topical cream

A lot of medications, or at least the ones that are taken orally, take a long time to work because they have to pass through your entire body first. That is not so with a topical cream. These are available in many types, including a painful sensation relieving topical cream and one that had anesthetic properties. Still more can act against the inflammation caused by your disease, and they are a lot longer lasting than they ever were before.

1 comment

  • Thanks for the information. I just had left knee total replacement. After 3 months I still have pain but only when walking. A friend told me it takes about a year for the pain to stop completely but that can’t be. That’s too long. Any tips?

    Eleanor Sheets

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