People suffering from arthritis potentially ache with severe and sometimes debilitating pain. One of the primary means of relieving discomfort and stiffness caused by arthritis is through exercise. Additionally, some people believe that eating certain foods help ease arthritis pain. However, certain exercises may actually exacerbate some types of arthritis and certain dietary changes are not recommended for some arthritis sufferers.
KNOW YOUR ARTHRITIS
Most people have heard of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. However, there are actually more than 100 different types of arthritis.
Never assume over-the-counter medications are all that is necessary and there is no need to see a healthcare provider for your painful symptoms. If you haven’t been properly diagnosed with arthritis by a medical professional, then you do not actually know for sure that arthritis causes your symptoms of pain or joint stiffness.
Some types of arthritis worsen quickly and may result in advanced symptoms, including significant pain and limited mobility. While prescription medications and ongoing medical care often help many arthritis sufferers, others may need surgery to relieve this debilitating illness.
Making an appointment with your healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment is the best option when seeking to minimize symptoms and combat the illness. The Arthritis Foundation says, "The earlier an accurate diagnosis is made and treatment started, the better."
KNOW PROPER EXERCISE TIPS TO AVOID JOINT STRESS
There are certain types of repetitive actions or physical motions, that may cause additional suffering, more damage, pain and inflammation for arthritis patients. For example, in answering a question about exercises that possibly break up uric acid crystals causing the painful gout symptoms in a patient, Dr. William Shiel, MD, responded, "Exercising a joint that is already inflamed can prolong the inflammation and cause more pain."
Similarly, the Mayo Clinic advises arthritis sufferers to "pace yourself" and take breaks when exercising. Follow the advice of your healthcare provider regarding proper exercise tips to help relieve symptoms and avoid joint stress.
Some sources tout certain diets which require the eating or eliminating of certain foods in hopes of relieving arthritis pain or other symptoms. However, you should never start a specific diet, nor add or eliminate foods from your existing diet without discussing it with your healthcare provider first. You do not want to suffer from an overload or lack of nutrients vital to a normal, healthy diet.
PUT IT ON ICE
When joints are already inflamed, you want to lessen the symptoms of swelling and pain. Using ice packs helps some arthritis sufferers. If you do not have an ice pack available, use a bag of frozen vegetables as your ice pack.
Follow your healthcare provider’s advice regarding how often you should ice affected joints. Ask your doctor or physical therapist how long you should use an ice pack each time.
RELIEVING ARTHRITIS PAIN INVOLVES A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
While friends and family sometimes give well-intentioned advice regarding how to relieve arthritis pain, skip novice opinions and see a doctor early-on for proper diagnosis of arthritis. Once a healthcare professional makes the appropriate diagnosis, creating and implementing a treatment plan is usually the next step. Perhaps a referral to a rheumatologist will be provided or physical therapy will be recommended.
Each person with arthritis has individual needs and therefore a different, comprehensive treatment plan will be necessary. The treatment plan for managing your arthritis is not the same as that of a loved one or co-worker. Your doctor and any other treatment providers work with you to reduce and relieve your specific arthritis symptoms, including your ongoing arthritis pain and stiffness.
If you are experiencing symptoms and have concerns about your joint health, you can walk into any Urgent Clinics Medical Care location in the Houston Metropolitan area including Pearland, Champions, The Woodlands and 3 locations in League City: Creekside, Marina Bay and Tuscan Lakes. No appointment is necessary and our experienced healthcare providers can administer professional medical services to treat the hindering, painful condition.