Until 2020 most of us had the privilege to get outside and be active. But now, in these unprecedented times, we are forced to stay home, making us more inactive. Unfortunately, some are experiencing unexplained and lingering pain. Most of the time, the pain is directly linked to the aging process, but sometimes it can be attributed to arthritis.
"By new estimates, 1 in 3 people aged 18-64 have arthritis. It is a condition that affects about one in four adults overall, and is the nation’s No. 1 cause of disability."
May is Arthritis Awareness Month, so IndiCure wants to take this opportunity to discuss a little more about how to protect your joints during the ongoing pandemic.
All about Arthritis
Arthritis is a pathology characterized by joint pain, swelling, and stiffness. Arthritis is not a single disease but instead refers to joint pain or disease. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions.
While pain, swelling, and stiffness, can be manageable at times, limited range of motion and progressive weakness can make the matters worse, which accompanies pain. Over a period, these relentless symptoms can slowly begin to limit your daily activities. The household chores seem impossible and you are forced to remain sedentary. No wonder many patients experience depression slowly creeping in and taking a serious hit on the quality of life.
While there is no definitive CURE for arthritis, there are numerous known TREATMENTS to reduce the effects of the symptoms before undergoing a total joint replacement surgery.
Tips to manage arthritis during COVID-19
Considering the ongoing pandemic, it has become difficult for arthritic patients to stay active and manage their condition. So, here we have discussed some of the tips to manage arthritic symptoms at home.
- Strengthen the muscles: Even regular gentle exercising can strengthen the muscles around an arthritic joint.
- Engage in non-impact cardio: Cardiovascular exercises which cause a lot of stress on your joints should be strictly avoided. Instead, try non-impact cardio options like walking or riding a stationary exercise bicycle.
- Avoid over-exerting with physical activity: Too much kneeling, bending, or lifting can worsen your arthritic pain.
- Limit the stairs: Be mindful of how you are moving if your arthritis is in the knees or hips. Make fewer trips to the stairs if climbing causes you pain.
- Take over-the-counter pain medication: Make sure you follow your doctor’s instructions if your arthritis is in the knees or hips. If the need persists for you to take OTC medication, consult your doctor.
- Try heat and cold therapy: Applying both heat and cold to a sore joint can be effective ways to reduce pain and other symptoms.
- Use a mobility aid: An aid such as a crutch, cane, or even a walker can relieve your knee or hip pressure. Make sure to use the crutch or cane in the opposite hand of the affected joint.
- Maintain a healthy diet: Weight management can decrease the stress on your joints. According to the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center, being just 10 pounds overweight means the force on your knees increases by 30 to 60 pounds when walking.
- Take care of your overall well-being: Try mindful breathing, meditation, or progressive relaxation to help relieve stress and feel better.
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