Not only are there over 100 types of arthritis, but the disease affects nearly 1 out of every 5 adults. Pain from arthritis can get in the way of your everyday life, but the good news is there are ways to manage arthritis pain. The most important tool for relieving arthritis pain, sometimes even referred to as the "Arthritis pain reliever," is exercise. It used to be thought that people suffering with arthritis should just rest their joints and even avoid physical activity. Including exercise, here are some important methods for managing arthritis pain:
- Moderate-intensity, low-impact exercises such as walking or swimming
- Cold and heat therapies
- Relaxation techniques
- In some cases, surgery
The bottom line is this: arthritis pain doesn't have to to get in the way of you living your life. There are ways to manage the pain and continue with your normal daily activities. For more information on arthritis, and living with arthritis, check out this article in our health library. You can also visit us online or call our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5119 for health information and physician referrals.