April 25, 2007
Health Tip: Dealing With Osteoarthritis
In addition to medication, lifestyle changes can help
(HealthDay News) -- Pain relievers that reduce swelling and discomfort are effective treatments for osteoarthritis, but certain lifestyle changes can also help alleviate symptoms.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers these suggestions:
- Exercises -- especially water activities such as swimming -- can help maintain joint mobility.
- Maintaining a healthy weight, and losing weight if you are overweight, will relieve stress on the joints.
- Physical therapy can help with muscle and joint pain.
- Wearing splints or braces as recommended by your doctor can help support weakened joints.