Welcome back to our second blog focusing on arthritic pain and symptoms. In the last post, we discussed a few early symptoms to be able to diagnose arthritis so that you can start treatment. The earlier, the better! Today we’re going to give a few tips on managing chronic pain associated with arthritis as well as other symptoms. Remember, any treatment plan requires consistency and support. Feel free to call us or schedule a consultation to manage your symptoms and chronic pain.
Seek Professional Help and Medications
While we recommend taking your anti-inflammatory painkillers like ibuprofen and other natural remedies we’ve discussed in our blog here, for serious long-term conditions like arthritis, it’s best to explore all of your options when it comes to symptom management. There are plenty of options on the market for medications focused on arthritis. Make sure to ask us.
Manage Your Weight
While maintaining a healthy diet is good advice no matter what your situation, when dealing with issues with joints, keeping body weight in a healthy range is crucial. Carrying around more weight puts more stress on your joints, particularly the knees. Be sure to include plenty of foods that have anti-inflammatory properties in your diet to support your other actions to manage arthritis.
Take Daily Warm Baths
Warm water does wonders for arthritic pain and inflammation. Warm water can increase flexibility of your joints. That, combined with reducing inflammation, can provide relief that lasts for the better part of a day. Your mileage may vary with this one. Consider getting a membership to a gym that has a warm pool to do low impact exercises in. Avoid hot water. Ideal temperature is roughly body temperature. Try to set your water to 95-100 degrees.