Osteoarthritis pain can occur in any joint, but it most often affects the knees, hips, back, and hands, which may not only affect your ability to get around but also limit your ability to engage in many of your favorite day-to-day activities and hobbies. The doctors and staff of Roswell Pain Specialists have many years of experience with successfully treating all forms of arthritis. Review the information below to learn more or click here to schedule your appointment now.
Understanding what hurts and what can help
Learning how to manage osteoarthritis pain can help you take back control of your life and be able to participate in more of the daily activities you enjoy. To get pain relief for arthritis, it helps to know what can make osteoarthritis pain feel worse and what can help you in managing it.
Making simple lifestyle changes for arthritis pain relief
Lifestyle changes can help you get pain relief for arthritis, and can also help prevent osteoarthritis from getting to the point where it limits your ability to participate in everyday activities. Here are some helpful suggestions to discuss with your doctor.
Get regular exercise. Research shows that moderate exercise can be an effective way to help manage osteoarthritis pain, reducing joint pain and stiffness, helping build muscles around affected joints, and increasing your flexibility and endurance.
Before getting started, talk to our doctors or physical therapists about the type of exercise that’s right for you. Then get moving with a program that can include:
- Strengthening exercises to build the muscles that support the joints affected by arthritis
- Range of motion exercises, such as stretching your arms, legs, and back, to help keep your joints flexible
- Endurance exercises, such as walking or swimming, to help keep your heart, lungs, and muscles strong
- Protect your joints. Talk to your doctor about ways to help reduce added stress on your joints. Some helpful tips include
- Don’t over-stress an affected joint. Use self-help devices, such as jar openers and buttoning aids, and use both arms when carrying things to avoid putting too much stress on one joint
- Avoid staying in one position too long. Reposition your body often to keep your joints from becoming stiff and painful
- Balance activity with rest. Don’t keep going when your joints are telling you they need a break. Take a breather when you need it
- Watch your weight. Maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce stress on your joints and increase your ability to get around. Talk to your doctor about healthy eating habits and coming up with a plan for you