Pain Management

Many believe that arthritis is just minor aches and pains due to getting older. In reality, arthritis is a complex family of musculoskeletal disorders that consist of more than 100 different diseases or conditions, which can affect people of all ages, races and genders. Arthritis can take many forms, but two of the most common diseases that make up the disorder are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). While there are differences between the two types, the common thread is the joint pain they cause. Depending on the type of arthritis, your pain may be managed through medication, heat and cold compresses, use of joint protection such as knee braces and splints, and/or steroid injections.

One of the best ways to manage the pain and stiffness of arthritis is through a healthy lifestyle that includes being physically active. A recent study in the British Medical Journal (April 2014) showed that even a small increase in duration of light physical activity may reduce the incidence of knee OA in adults with risk factors for the condition. Exercise, along with a healthy diet and weight loss, is a powerful combination for relieving joint pain by reducing inflammation and easing strain on the joints. Your doctor will determine the best way to manage your joint pain, but exercise and a healthy diet are always a good start.



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