Dr. Pooya Javidan, an orthopedic surgeon for Kaiser Permanente San Diego offers advice about how to effectively manage your arthritis pain.
Nearly 1 in 4 Americans suffer from a form of arthritis and many endure chronic pain in their joints. Whereas sometimes surgery is the best option, there are several things you can start doing today to help alleviate symptoms of severe arthritis-related pain.
1. Add gentle exercise to your routine
When it comes to managing arthritis pain, staying active is vital. Stretching, gentle strength training, walking, and low-impact aerobic activity can all help prevent and relieve symptoms.
2. Manage your weight
Extra pounds can put a strain on weight-bearing joints like hips, knees, and ankles, even losing 5 pounds can have a profound impact on alleviating strain to your joints.
3. Try anti-inflammatory foods
Certain foods and spices may reduce inflammation — which means less arthritis pain. Some inflammation-fighting foods include Dark red and purple fruits Fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon or tuna and plenty of green leafy vegetables
4. Use ice and heat
Depending on the type of pain you’re experiencing, a warm compress or an ice pack can work wonders.
To learn more about managing your arthritis, visit kp.org/sandiego.