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Arthritis Dos and Don’ts

Arthritis may cause you to reduce physical activity. However, even though it is difficult, there are many ways you can help yourself cope with joint pain. Arthritis treatment is pretty simple if done consistently, and at your own pace. For example, physical activity is vital to maintain movement and flexibility in your joints. Even though it can be painful, stopping movement altogether is detrimental.

Eating well is also a vital step in arthritis treatment. By having a healthy, balanced diet, you minimize your chances of eating inflammatory foods. This can be tricky as foods affect each person differently; consult your doctor about any changes you’ve noticed (both positive and negative). Maybe get a referral to a nutritionist that can steer you in the right direction.

Arthritis treatment, outside of medication, can also include things we have a little more control of. Not having a proper sleeping cycle or living with high stress can negatively affect your arthritis. Disrupted sleep can cause flare-ups and inflammation in the joints. Although sometimes it’s difficult to have an uninterrupted sleep with the pain your joints may be experiencing, consulting with a physician to help you with the pain is a viable option. It’s good to see a doctor if you have any questions or concerns about your joint pain. For stress relief, find ways to simplify and organize your life. The less fuss in the simple things, the less there is to worry about. Talk with family and friends to socialize, or if your stress is chronic, seek a therapist.Arthritis may cause you to reduce physical activity. However, even though it is difficult, there are many ways you can help yourself cope with joint pain.