October 12th is World Arthritis Day. This day is used to raise awareness of arthritis, inform people of its signs and symptoms, and educate people on how to reduce the pain and stiffness associated with this disorder. Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints, causing pain and stiffness that usually worsens with age. Although about a quarter of the U.S. adult population has arthritis, many of them are not taking advantage of the ways to reduce the pain. Learn some simple ways to stay healthy and active to help manage your arthritis.
Physical activity helps reduce arthritis pain and improves mobility. Some activities that are gentle on the joints but still effective are walking, bike riding, and swimming.
Maintain a Healthy Diet:
Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in many fish varieties that help combat joint pain and inflammation. Try grilled salmon or mackerel for a dose of these healthy fats.
Relax in Water:
A warm bath, shower, or whirlpool can help relieve stiff joints.
Follow Doctor’s Orders:
Take arthritis prescriptions exactly as directed. Make sure to inform your doctor of any other prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, or supplements you are taking to avoid drug interactions.
Make sure you are getting enough rest and sleep to help keep your body refreshed.