Living with Arthritis
Living with arthritis does not mean a person must accept a lower quality of life because of the pain arthritis causes. Though there is no known cure for arthritis, there are steps that individuals can take to provide arthritis relief and interrupt the progression of this disease.
Q: What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a condition that affects the joints in the body. The joints are the locations of the skeleton where two or more bones meet. There are over 100 types of this disease; they fall under the category of rheumatic diseases. All of these rheumatic diseases involve the joints of the body.
Q: What are the symptoms of arthritis?
Individuals with arthritis experience several symptoms. These symptoms include joint pain, discomfort, stiffness, and inflammation. Arthritis can also lead to fatigue, weakness, difficulties performing daily activities, and visible changes in the appearance of joints.
Q: Which arthritis remedies provide immediate relief of arthritis pain?
There are several home remedies that are effective in treating arthritis pain without the use of prescription drugs. Two of these arthritis treatments are relaxation therapy and soaking in warm water. Relaxation therapy involves tightening and releasing groups of muscles. Soaking in a warm tub of water also provides immediate relief to sore joints.
If the options above fail to provide the extent of relief needed, individuals can apply creams, gels and patches made specifically to treat arthritis pain. These products can be purchased at a local pharmacy.
Q: What is the best way to prevent arthritis from progressing?
Dietary changes and regular exercise are two ways to slow down the progression of arthritis. Eating healthy by avoiding fats and processed foods is the first step. This will help a person achieve a suitable weight, taking stress off of the joints if weight is a problem. Dietary changes will also provide the body with necessary nutrients for optimal health.
Next, an individual can begin an exercise program that requires movement of the joints. This will assist in slowing down the progression of arthritis by helping the joints to regain full range of motion and keeping them from becoming stiff. Physical therapy, light stretching, yoga, and pilates are some options.