4 Simple Tips for Managing Arthritis and Chronic Pain

Managing arthritis can be made easier by practicing a few simple and consistent steps.

Adhere to Medications

Prescription medications recommended by your doctor will assist in controlling pain and inflammation.  If you have issues regarding potential side effects or the affordability, consult with your physician about other treatment options.  Common medications used to treat arthritis include: Aspirin, Celecoxib, Diclofenac, Diflunisal, Fenoprofen, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, and more.

Watch Your Weight, Stay Active

Weight can make a big impact on the pain you experience with arthritis.  Excessive body weight creates more pressure on weight-bearing joints as well as increasing your risk to other threats such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.  Reducing the stress and impact on your joints by maintaining a healthy body weight can improve mobility, decrease pain, and prevent further damage to your body.  Stay fit and eat a healthy diet.

Staying active will help maintain flexibility in your joints.  If weight-bearing exercises like running and walking are causing further pain, consider lower impact exercise options like water aerobics or swimming.  Water exercise helps avoid further stress to your joints.

Practice Positive Affirmations

Many believe, including physicians and patients, that a positive outlook is the best weapon against arthritis and managing arthritic pain.   When you are in a positive state, you will more easily find the best ways to not only relieve the pain, but defeat the condition through lifestyle changes such as meditation.

Explore Non-Drug Treatment Alternatives

Meditation and hypnosis have been gaining favor in the medical community in recent years. Studies consistently show the positive results of meditation for arthritis-pain sufferers.

Incorporate omega-3 fatty acids into your diet to help with your arthritic pain.  Found in fish oil supplements, adding omega-3s to your regular diet can help reduce joint stiffness and joint pain.

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