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Manage Arthritis with these Easy Steps

Manage your Arthritis with these easy steps!

If you have Arthritis, then your doctor must have told you that it is not entirely curable after a particular stage. But it can be managed, and it almost becomes negligible after a certain period.

Arthritis is such a disease that has a lot to do with our lifestyle, which includes our eating habits, sleeping cycle, smoking, alcohol consumption, and many other small or big factors that we will discuss in this article.

Going through the data of many studies and extensive research on arthritis patients around the world, Since there are so many different arthritis, that has different causes and treatments. Arthritis pain management is a combination of medication and exercise, we have listed some general steps for arthritis management, and most of them consist of arthritis pain management.

Warm Water Therapy

Warm water baths have been an ancient way for relaxation and to get pain relief. A warm water bath is beneficial for painful joints, and fatigue relief; Pain relief is not only limited to the time of immersion, but its impact stays for a long time;

  • It helps in bringing back the mobility of a joint. It reduces the force of gravity, provides support from sore muscles, and increases blood circulation. 
  • The recommended time to be involved in a warm water bath is 10 minutes. You should drink water before and after the bath; Drinking water ensures that you are properly hydrated. Adding some salt to your drinking water will give you heavenly relaxation and soothes your muscles and senses. Flexing your joints in a warm water bathtub is also recommended since that is one place where your joints are not stiff, and you can bend it easily.

Topical Medications

Topical medicines are gels, patches, and bandages that contain sodium channel blockers, applied to the affected or painful joints. 

  • The topical medication supplies sodium channel blockers such as prilocaine or lidocaine to block the nerve endings, close to the skin and as a result, we don’t feel extreme pain and even get some movement to the joint;
  • Topical medication is considered much safer than taking medications such as NSAIDs orally since topical medications have a local effect without affecting the whole body. You must ask a doctor before using topical medicine.

Heat and Cold Therapy

Heat and Cold therapies have distinct applications. However, both of these work to reduce pain.

  • As described earlier, heat therapy is quite helpful in arthritis, and is available in many forms such as warm baths, heat patches, heating pads, and warm compresses. Heat therapy has proven to be very effective in treating osteoarthritis as well as rheumatoid arthritis when applied for 15 minutes two to three times a day. 
  • On the other hand, Cold therapy is applied in the form of ice packs, cold patches, and cold vegetable packs. Cold therapy is quite helpful in muscle strain, ligament injury, and small nerve fiber pain.



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