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.

  • Dress warmly

    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 clothing

    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.

  • Stay hydrated

    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.

And if all else fails, many of our residents love to cozy up by our fireplace for some well-needed rest. 


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