Arthritis Management News

The term "arthritis" can refer to more than 100 different health conditions. But, the conditions are similar in that they all can have a negative impact on the joints and affect the ability of the body to move easily. However, people can take a number of steps to manage the disease and live a healthy life, even with arthritis. Often, the steps required for managing arthritis involve a combination of modern medicine and self-help strategies.

Self-Help for Arthritis

When it comes to managing arthritis, research has shown that regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight are both important goals. Exercise reduces the inflammation in the body that leads to arthritis pain and other conditions. Regular exercise, along with a healthy diet, can help reduce weight, which in turn puts less pressure on the joints of the body. Any exercise is good, and even something as simple as walking can provide a lot of benefit.

People can also manage arthritis themselves every day with some simple strategies to prevent arthritis pain. There are a number of ways to do this, including not wearing high heels, practicing good posture and alternating between sitting and standing throughout the day. Supplements such as glucosamine and fish oil may also help with arthritis pain, though it’s best to ask a health care provider about these.

Treatment of Arthritis

Though self-help strategies are definitely valuable in arthritis management, working closely with a doctor is another key to living a healthy life with arthritis. A variety of medications can help with arthritis pain. In some cases, splints, braces and other assistive devices can reduce pain and help with movement of the joints, but other people may need surgery to alleviate pain long-term. Physical therapy and occupational therapy have also been helpful strategies for many people dealing with arthritis pain.

SOURCES: Arthritis Foundation; U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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