Arthritis affects more than one in five adults in the United States, more women than men. Arthritis disease weakens the body, causes pain, and can make even the simplest of tasks difficult in daily life. The symptoms of arthritis can be uncomfortable, often painful and can interfere with everyday activities. One of the best things you can do to try to get pain relief from arthritis symptoms is to remain active.

Everyone gets affected by arthritis differently; it’s important to find a routine that works best for you. There are several steps that can be taken to help ease symptoms.

  • arthritis painTalk to your doctor first: work closely with your doctor to create an overall treatment plan that is right for you, including appropriate medications and lifestyle changes.
  •  Exercise: Weight loss and exercise can help with arthritis pain relief – the more your body weighs the more pressure it puts on the joints. Exercise can increase bone density, keep joints stable, improve joint function and flexibility, relieve pain and improve balance. There are many different exercise methods to choose from, however try to incorporate resistance training, low-impact aerobics and stretching.
  • Get sufficient rest: People with arthritis often have increased pain if they don’t have enough sleep. It’s recommended that people with arthritis gets between 7 and 9 hours of sleep.
  • Eat a healthy diet: Stick to low-fat, low-calorie foods also incorporates lots of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet.
  •  Get vitamin C: Studies have shown that vitamin C may be helpful in managing inflammation of the body.
  • Smoking: Smoking cigarettes has been linked to higher incidence of arthritis.
  • Control your stress: Feeling stressed and overwhelmed by arthritis pain is common; however stress can make you arthritis pain feel worse and restrain you from doing what you know you need to, like exercising.

Education about arthritis and the support that is available are simple but powerful steps to regain control of your life. It’s important to keep in mind and accept that arthritis will affect you, but do not allow it to control you.