Tips To Help Ease the Pain of Arthritis

Don’t let arthritis get you down! Try these helpful tips on reducing arthritis…

Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout are common types of arthritis in older people. Warning signs include ongoing joint pain, swelling and stiffness of joints, pain when touching the joint, challenges when moving the joint, and experiencing redness in a joint. As one who is involved in NJ elder care, if you or your aging loved one experiences arthritis pain, these tips may help ease the physical discomfort:

  • Getting lots of rest
  • Exercising regularly by stretching
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Taking medicines such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, and ketoprofen
  • Watching your weight
  • Applying heating pads, cold packs
  • Swimming in a warm pool
  • Soaking in a warm bath

Psychologically speaking, getting your mind off your pain can be a big help when dealing with chronic arthritis. Try these tips:

  • Laughing helps reduce stress and relaxes muscles
  • Listening to music also reduces stress
  • Pursuing happiness: hobbies, visits with friends and family, watching your “guilty pleasure” TV shows, etc.

All of the above will help you get your mind far from the pain you physically feel.

It’s important to note: always check with your physician or health care professional before trying any new treatment.