Living with osteoarthritis can be a real pain. The ‘wear and tear’ of arthritis can be a major source of discomfort and can really slow down those who are suffering. However, there are some things that can be done to help ease osteoarthritis symptoms. Here are some simple dos and don’ts when it comes to managing this condition.
DO Exercise! Most people living with osteoarthritis think that any form of exercise is going to aggravate their condition. Low-impact exercises like walking, swimming, cycling, and yoga are perfect ways for those with osteoarthritis to get up and get moving. Exercise ensures your joints will remain strong and flexible.
DON’T forget to warm-up before a work out. Generally, a warm-up will lubricate your joints, making it easier to move. It’s important to take all precautions necessary to avoid injury before a workout.
DO stick to a healthy diet. Maintaining a healthy weight is essential to osteoarthritis sufferers. Any extra weight gain adds pressure to joints like knees, ankles, and hips. There are also a numbers of foods that have been shown to help ease the symptoms of OA.
DON’T smoke! Those who smoke have been shown to have greater cartilage loss and more severe pain than non-smokers.
DO choose the right shoes. Soft, flexible shoes that don’t constrict the foot help to ease strain placed on knees.
While we can’t reverse joint damage from osteoarthritis, maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle can certainly slow the process and help to reduce symptoms. If you or someone you love is struggling to manage osteoarthritis symptoms, a research study at Stamford Therapeutics may be an option. Study participants receive care from board-certified physicians and have access to new treatment medications before the general public. Compensation is also available for time and travel expense.