How to live with arthritis
Although arthritis can be difficult to live with, there are simple measures that can help a person with arthritis manage their symptoms and live a full life.
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Up to two-thirds of people with arthritis say their condition has affected them emotionally.
People living with persistent pain are four times more likely to experience depression or anxiety.
Any joint in your ankles, feet and toes can be affected by arthritis.
Many different types of arthritis can affect the feet and cause joint pain, swelling and stiffness.
Any joint in your fingers, thumbs, knuckles and wrists can be affected by arthritis.
Many different types of arthritis can affect your hands and cause joint pain, swelling and stiffness.
The best diet for arthritis is a healthy, balanced one to maintain your general health and prevent other medical problems.
No diet has been proven to cure arthritis. Be very cautious of special diets or supplements that claim to cure arthritis.
Massage involves the manipulation of tissues using pressure, tension, motion or vibration.
It targets the soft tissues of the body, such as muscles, tendons and ligaments.
“Complementary therapies” are any treatments or therapies that are not part of the conventional treatment (such as medicine or surgery) of a disease.
Examples include acupuncture, massage, aromatherapy, vitamins, minerals and herbal medicines.
When you have arthritis, joint pain and weakness can make normal activities difficult.
You might find some tasks cause pain or strain, and other activities become almost impossible. But don’t give up just yet!
Receiving an early formal diagnosis is a great way to begin understanding your arthritis and developing a plan for managing it.
A combination of treatments can be devised by your healthcare team.
Living with pain can be one of the hardest parts of having arthritis.
For some conditions, such as fibromyalgia, the cause of the pain is not fully understood.
Research has found that regular exercise is one of the most effective treatments for arthritis.
Just as importantly, physical activity will improve your overall health.