Arthritis is often referred to as if it were a single disease, but in fact is arthritis is an umbrella term used for a group of more than 100 medical conditions that collectively affect nearly 46 million adults and 300,000 children in America alone.
The most common form of arthritis – osteoarthritis is most common in those over 60, arthritis in its various forms can start as early as infancy. Some types affect people in their young-adult years as they are beginning careers and families and still others begin during the peak career and child-rearing years.
An estimated 50 million adults in the United States reported being told by a doctor that they have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia.
Symptoms of Arthritis
A person suffering from arthritis may experience any of the following:
- Joint pain
- Joint swelling
- Stiffness, especially in the morning
- Warmth around a joint
- Redness of the skin around a joint
- Reduced ability to move the joint
There are ways that you can help your arthritis symptoms without medication, check out the attached list for 5 ways to help your arthritis.
. There are different types of exercises that are used to help arthritis sufferers. The simplest, easiest exercises that can and should be done by almost any arthritis sufferer every day are called range-of-motion exercises. These flexibility exercises help maintain good movement by putting the joints through their full range of motion.
Maintain movement in your joints as best you can. This can help keep your joints functioning better for a longer amount of time and, at the same time, brighten your outlook on life. Walking, gardening, and even housecleaning can help your joints.
If you find even simple movements difficult, a heated pool or whirlpool may be the perfect environment for exercise (unless you are pregnant, in which case you should avoid heated whirlpools and hot tubs, or have other chronic health problems, in which case you should get your doctor’s approval first). Try a few of your simpler exercises while in the water.
watch your weight
Being overweight puts more stress on the joints. As a matter of fact, a weight gain of 10 pounds can mean an equivalent stress increase of 40 pounds on the knees. So if you are carrying excess pounds, losing weight can help improve joint function.
Replace doorknobs and round faucet handles with long handles.
Long handled door knobs require a looser, less stressful grip or no grip at all in some cases to operate, so you’ll put less strain on your joints which will help alleviate symptoms and pain of your arthritris