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How to Care For Arthritis

Stopping the Stiffness

Arthritis is an affliction that quite a few people in the world today face. It can be linked to age; as you get older, your risk for arthritis rises. It could also be linked to certain types of work that you do, such as manual labor. For some, it's simply genetics or a fluke. But, if you don't know how to care for arthritis, don't worry! It isn't as difficult as you might think.

Lose Weight

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One of the major stressors on a person's joints is the weight of the person. Because of that, people that are overweight or obese tend to have cases of arthritis that are worse than their healthy-weighted counterparts. So, if you're overweight or obese, and are looking to stop the progression (and and the pain) of the disease, then dropping the extra pounds could help.

Exercise... the Right Way

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Despite the joint pain, exercise is good for arthritis. It can help improve mobility in the joint, ease the pain over time, and help you lose any excess weight which may be aggravating the condition. But you should exercise the right way. Aim for exercises such as swimming or yoga, which are low-impact on your joints.

Try Hot and Cold

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Using both heat and cold to treat your arthritis can work wonders. The trick here is to know when to use an ice pack and when to use a heating pad. Ice and cold compresses works best for a joint that is swollen. Heating pads and hot compresses work best for a joint that is stiff.

Massage Therapy

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As with a lot of conditions affecting joints, massage can help. It can loosen the joints, making it easier to move, as well as ease any pain that you might feel. However, before hopping on the massage table, tell your masseuse that you have arthritis; they'll know how to accommodate it.

Meditate

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While meditation won't do much in the way of slowing or stopping the progression of arthritis, nor the joint stiffness that it brings, it is an effective way of treating the pain that it brings without medication. If you're looking to avoid a handful of pills every day, or just want to try something new to manage the pain, try meditation.

Take Fish Oil Supplements

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This might not make many sense; most people take fish oil supplements for their brain or heart. But the omega-3 fatty acids that fish oil supplements are rich in don't just help your heart and brain. They also help your joints! Keep your joints healthy by taking a fish oil supplement every day.

Medicate

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Eventually, you're probably going to have to be put on medication of some kind. Depending on what type of arthritis that you have, as well as many other factors, that medication will differ. Speaking to a health care professional about your medications is the best option here.

While arthritis is one of the most common ailments in the world, you don't just have to lie there and take it. With these tips, as well as a good doctor, you can live a happy, healthy, relatively pain-free life, even with arthritis.

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