Tips for Arthritis
As winter drudges on, more and more of our residents are complaining about “Cousin Arthur” coming to visit and overstaying his welcome. Who is Arthur, you ask? Arthritis.
Arthritis is a joint condition that affects nearly half of American adults over the age of 65. The most common symptoms are joint stiffness, pain, and weakness due to inflammation. Cold weather seems to exacerbate the symptoms, causing many older Americans to experience flare-ups of their condition. This is mostly due to changes in barometric pressure. While many people are able to manage their symptoms with medical care, there are a few extra things you can do to send “Cousin Arthur” on his way.
Staying warm can reduce joint swelling. Consider dressing in layers to best insulate your body and allow blood flow to the extremities.
Take a warm bath
A nice soak can reduce inflammation. Consider adding epsom salts for added benefits.
Engage in low-impact exercises
Low-impact exercises can strengthen joints and improve flexibility. Consider a beginner yoga class to start moving.
Compression gloves and socks can help reduce pain by constricting and supporting joints. The added layers will also help to keep your joints warm and cozy.
Being dehydrated can make you more susceptible to pain. Make sure you drink plenty of water to keep your joints lubricated.
Avoid unnecessary strain on your joints
Consider using assistive devices or modifying your environment to reduce the risk of joint strain. Do your best to avoid falls, slips, trips, or overextension of joints.