Arthritis is a common condition that affects over 50 million Americans, according to the Arthritis Foundation. The most common types include osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and juvenile arthritis (JA). However, with more than 100 variances in the disease, one thing remains the same. That is arthritis is uncomfortable and painful. Here are three ways to help treat arthritis pain along with prescribed medication.
Support body mechanics
Using parts of the body for what they’re designed for is key in controlling arthritis pain. For example, carrying heavy objects close to the body using the forearms and back muscles will leverage the muscles throughout the body for full support without targeting one muscle group to do all the work. Improper handling of heavy objects could result in muscle and joint strain.
Be Cautious at Work
If your desk or work space is not properly suited to support arthritis needs, it could be causing quite a bit of stress on the joints. When sitting, be sure the feet are parallel to the ground and the chair is the correct height to support standing from the seated position. When keyboards or desktops are angled, it provides support for wrists and the neck.
One of the most important things to remember when dealing with arthritis is to stay active and keep moving. Sitting or standing in one position for a long period of time can cause stiff joints which can be extremely painful. Keep each joint reaching its full range of motion, as long as it is pain-free, at least once per day. This will help keep the joints loose and flexible. If the joints are feeling more pain than normal, remember to keep things slow and steady.
Arthritis clinical trials are a necessary part of any medical research, and there are many focused on arthritis treatment. If you suffer from arthritis, you might be eligible to volunteer for a clinical trial in your area. Participating in a clinical trial not only provides you with access to unique medical care, but allows the opportunity to improve the health of millions more.
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