Arthritis and how to manage

Discover effective ways to manage and alleviate arthritis symptoms with these simple strategies.

Arthritis

Arthritis is a term that refers to the inflammation of one or more joints, resulting in pain, swelling, stiffness, and decreased joint mobility. There are various types of arthritis, with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis being the most common, living with arthritis poses challenges, but there are numerous strategies to effectively manage and alleviate its symptoms. Consider the following approaches to enhance your quality of life:

Exercising

Engage in regular physical activity tailored to your abilities and limitations. Low-impact exercises such as swimming, cycling, and walking can help improve joint flexibility, strengthen muscles, and alleviate stiffness. You could also try stress-reduction exercises such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or yoga to alleviate tension and improve overall well-being. Stress can exacerbate arthritis symptoms, so finding healthy coping mechanisms is essential.

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Adaptive Living

Consider modifying your work and home surroundings to meet your unique demands. Simple but effective changes, like adding ergonomic furniture, using assistive technology, or adding adapted tools, can make a big difference in your day-to-day life. You give yourself the ability to handle daily chores more easily when you personalize your environment to meet your specific needs. Investigate your options for an adaptable home, where comfort and functionality converge to encourage independence and enhance your standard of living.

For inspiration on researching assistive technology, try reading our blog on Assistive Technology for the elderly of Wokingham 

Building a Support Network

Building a network of support is essential to prospering with arthritis management. Whether it’s through online forums, social media networks, or local support groups, establish connections with people who have been through similar experiences. Talking with people who have gone through similar things can be incredibly enlightening and comforting. To engage with a wider audience, look for local support groups for face-to-face conversations, investigate internet forums for a virtual community, and sign up for social media sites. Being able to share and learn from others’ experiences becomes a powerful part of this global community, offering consolation as well as insightful information that helps you on your path to living well with arthritis. Remind yourself that you are not alone and that having a strong support system can help you navigate the challenges arthritis upholds.

Try Living Well With Arthritis, a support group that meets up every Friday in South Ascot Village Hall.

Medication Management

Determine which drugs can help control arthritic pain and reduce inflammation in close collaboration with your healthcare professional. To relieve symptoms, doctors frequently prescribe corticosteroids, DMARDs (disease-modifying antirheumatic medications), and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs).

A care professional and her client standing in front of a local pharmacy.

Diet and Supplements

Keeping your body nourished with a well-balanced, anti-inflammatory diet is essential to controlling arthritis. To assist in lowering inflammation and promoting joint health, choose a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and omega-3 fatty acids. Consider including supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin, as they may help improve joint comfort and mobility. Combined with other lifestyle changes, this all-encompassing approach to diet can help create a comprehensive plan for living well with arthritis.

By incorporating these strategies into your daily routine and collaborating closely with your healthcare team, you can effectively manage arthritis symptoms and enhance your overall quality of life.

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