|Joint pain can be a sign of arthritis.|
- Moist heat can help alleviate pain. By increasing circulation, moist heat brings new healing blood cells to tissues and temporarily relieves pain. Options to try include warm showers in the morning and moist heat packs on affected areas.
- Keeping active prevents and relieves stiffness. Exercise to keep joints in motion might include a daily walk and gentle stretching. Exercise will also help keep weight down, helping knees and hips. It’s important to consult with a doctor before beginning an exercise program.
- Therapy braces can help heal while offering support. Braces offer hot or cold therapy to ankles, elbows, knees, wrists and back. Designed to reduce swelling, relieve pain and increase mobility, braces also provide support to heal and prevent injuries.
- New products help people manage arthritis at home. Innovations that make everyday tasks more comfortable for those with stiff joints include mobility handles, grab bars and raised toilet seats for bathrooms, and easy-to-use containers and openers.
- Medications can be highly effective when taken as directed. If an individual has taken medication when and how she was instructed to and she is still in pain, a doctor can advise on other medications or the possibility of joint replacement.