How to Manage Your Arthritis Pain at Home
Q: I just got diagnosed with arthritis. Are there things I can do on my own to manage the pain?
Yes, there are many things you can do on your own. Your arthritis pain treatment isn’t just received at your doctor’s office. There are lots of home treatments you can use to ease your pain.
Q: Can massage help reduce my pain from arthritis?
A massage, if administered properly by a massage professional, can provide temporary relief from arthritis pain. It is a good lower back pain treatment and can be used elsewhere on the body as well. Be sure that you only get massages from certified professionals who know proper technique so as not to injure you.
Q: I just received a foot pain diagnosis. What can I do to manage the pain?
You may wish to purchase special shoe insoles designed for those with foot pain from arthritis. Also, in the case of rheumatoid arthritis, light exercise like a brisk walk can actually alleviate the pain if done regularly.
Q: Are there any specific foods that cause joint pain?
Arthritis is often accompanied by gout, and certain foods can make both conditions worse. Many people find that foods with lots of highly refined simple carbs such as bread and other fatty foods can cause their pain to flare up. The same goes for drinks like sodas and alcohol, as well as fried foods and red meat. However, some find that joint pain is eased by fish, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and sugar-free drinks. Maintaining a healthy diet may not just ease your joint pain, it will also improve your overall health.
Q: What can I do about my arthritis knee pain?
Arthritis knee pain and osteoarthritis can make it difficult to do anything, but it is important to stay active, as this will help you manage your knee pain. Water aerobics is particularly good for knee pain, and it can be fun as well. You may also try losing weight and using a knee brace or other support to help your mobility.
Q: What are some simple lower back pain treatments I can try at home?
Lower back pain caused by arthritis, no matter how severe, can usually be eased with a few simple lifestyle modifications. If you have an old mattress, swap it out for one with better support, and if you’re a stomach sleeper, start sleeping on your back or side instead. If you smoke, take the steps to quit, as smoking can worsen back pain. And de-stress as often as you need — keep a journal, try deep breathing, or meditate to reduce stress. As the stress goes, so will your back pain.