According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, medical experts estimate that roughly 52.5 million adults suffer from arthritis, a painful inflammation of the joints. Severe cases of arthritis can be crippling, which can easily prevent you from doing the things you love to do, as well as the things you have to do. One-third of working-age people who suffer from arthritis are limited in the type work they can do and whether or not they can work full-time.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways to help relieve the pain and discomfort brought about by arthritis. In fact, some of these ways are quite simple:
Have a discussion with your doctor
Your doctor is one of the first people who want to see you beat arthritis. He or she can help provide you with a list of things you can do and a list of things that may make arthritic pain worse. Similarly, it is wise to consult your doctor before you try anything new that he or she has not recommended to you. A routine sports physical exam can also detect if your condition is improving, allowing your doctor to adjust your treatment plan accordingly.
Exercise regularly, but within your limits
It may seem counterproductive to exercise when you are suffering from arthritis, but studies show that it can help. Exercises help restore the range of motion of your joints and strengthen surrounding muscle groups that support the joints. Of course, try not to overdo it. Be aware of your limitations, but as you grow stronger, do not be afraid to ramp up the intensity. Yoga is often a great way for those who have arthritis to start exercising. Make sure you are cleared to exercise by undergoing a sports physical in an urgent care and occupational health service facility such as U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group.
Use a warm compress and a cold compress
Athletes need to warm up before they enter the game. Take a page from their playbook by warming up your joints with a warm compress at least 20 minutes before you start any strenuous activities. You will also want to use a cold compress to relax your tired joints once you finish your strenuous activity.
Apply some dietary changes
Try to eat fish that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids as the compound is an anti-inflammatory. Broccoli is another super food for those who suffer from arthritic pain as the vegetable is rich in calcium and sulforaphane, a compound that can help slow down the progression of osteoarthritis.
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