Arthritis is a common joint disorder that involves inflammation of one or more joints. Did you know that there are over 100 different types? Some of the more common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis to autoimmune diseases such as septic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.
Managing Arthritis Joint Pain
Regardless of the arthritis, the most common complaint from those who have the condition is joint pain. This joint pain is a result of inflammation around the joint, and damage to the joint due to the disease, as well as daily wear and tear. Due to the pain that is associated with arthritis, people often make adjustments to how they move or function with their activities of daily living to reduce pain levels. Some even avoid doing anything active with the hope of finding temporary relief. Physical activity is very important as part of a treatment plan for those with arthritis and for those that avoid it, they put themselves at risk of significant muscle loss, as well as weight gain.
Maintaining proper posture throughout the day will certainly help the body move better and prevent further damage to the affected joints.
Poor posture can lead to low back pain, limited range of motion, increased discomfort and pain, decreased lung capacity, accelerated degeneration of joints and fatigue. For people dealing with inflammation and daily pain associated with their arthritis, adding more issues will simply compound their overall pain.
To achieve proper posture, envision your joints stacked one on top of the other and follow these simple guidelines:
- Balance the head on the neck
- Balance the neck on the shoulders
- Balance the shoulder girdle on the rib cage
- Balance the pelvis on the femur
Strategies for coping with arthritis
Those with arthritis should consult their physician who can devise a suitable treatment plan that could include physical therapy, medication, exercise programs or surgery. Strategies for coping with arthritis and for help reducing pain levels to make life more comfortable would include:
- Remember to take one day at a time
- Work on improving posture
- Get regular exercise
- Follow your physician’s guidelines
- Food to soothe pain
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