December 7, 2009

5 Ways to Treat Arthritis

20 Million Americans suffer from degenerative Arthritis problems. Arthritis tends to worsen with age, so it is important that you do all that you can do to lessen the spread of your arthritis pain.

1. Exercise – Exercise lightly for 20 to 30 minutes a day. Do not over-exercise as this can cause strain on joints. Avoid anything that produces pain for up to 1 hour after the exercise is over. Sometimes a quick walk will help, but do not try to “walk off” the pain. Stop when it becomes too much.

2. Posture – always maintain good posture. Sit up straight in chairs and stand with your shoulders back. Never lift with your back – lift with your hips and legs. Never carry something you can push or pull behind you. If something is too heavy for you, ask for help

3. Joint Exercises – Practice daily motions or attend physical therapy regularly. Ask your physiotherapist about hydrotherapy – a form of joint therapy which is gentle on the joints and done in water.

4. Protect your joints – Protect your joints by wearing warm clothing. Braces and joint wraps may also help by giving your joint support. Sleep on a firm mattress, make sure you get 8 hours of sleep everyday, and avoid sitting in soft chairs.

5. Pain Relief – talk to your doctor about taking arthritis pain like Aspirin or Aleve. You can also use indomethacin, ibuprophen or naproxen for arthritic pain

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