Controlling Arthritis Pain

Open jars and pill containers easily
While there is no cure for arthritis, there are several things you can do to manage your arthritis pain so you don’t need to suffer from it anymore. Opening a pill bottle or a jar of pickles can be incredibly painful for individuals with arthritis. Don’t let your day-to-day life hurt you and purchase some products that can help you. Here is a list of several products that can help you with your day-to-day life:
To control the pain from arthritis, take the following steps:

Step # 1 – Meet with your doctor
Talking to your doctor is a great way to find out where the pain is, what type of pain you are having, and what treatments are available. Many times the pain you feel is stiffness, burning, or shooting pain that can easily be treated with hot and cold therapy: This will sooth the joints and other areas that are experiencing pain as you can have heat and cold that will manage the swelling and painful areas. Meeting with your doctor is important in case your pain is so severe that over the counter medications will no longer be able to help it. You must disclose all the information you can to your doctor in order to allow them to develop a treatment program that will actually work and help you.

Step # 2 – Try natural treatments
Many arthritis suffers find that natural treatments can help with the pain they have been experiencing. Some herbal treatments you can use include the following:
Fish oil supplements
  • Flax seed oil
  • Valerian Root
  • Calcium supplements
  • Garlic
  • Folic acid
Always speak with your doctor about natural herbs to treat your arthritis pain as some medications can interfere with your prescriptions (like those used for heart problems) and you do not want to prevent them from working properly.

Some arthritis suffers have found relief from hypnosis and other relaxation techniques like body wraps and massages. A hot stone massage on the joints and areas where you are experiencing a lot of pain can help you manage the symptoms of arthritis pain.

Step # 3 – Exercise
Although you may be inclined to avoid exercise because it can hurt, you need to include exercise in your daily life. Try doing exercises that can help to strengthen your body and reduce the pressure and pain you have on your joints. One exercise elderly patients have found that helps to relieve the pressure and pain on the joints is water aerobics or hydrotherapy. The water helps to pad the joints and you don’t feel the pain you can feel from walking and other exercises. You can purchase a pool for your backyard and exercise daily or head to a gym that offers classes. Talk to your doctor about other exercises that will help the joints and pain you are feeling.

Step # 4 – Cream
Many people find that creams like Icy/Hot help to soothe the pain of arthritis. This is a great way to calm and soothe the joints and muscles that may be radiating pain throughout the day. It works similar to the hot and cold therapy treatments.

Step # 5 – Go out in public
Sometimes people with arthritis pain will avoid public situations because they are embarrassed about their limited mobility and flexibility issues. Do not let your arthritis pain keep you from going out in public. If the pain is in your hands try wearing arthritis gloves everywhere you go. These gloves help to soothe the pain by taking the heat from your body and putting it back into the joints, relieving the pain you may be suffering from.

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