Arthritis is the painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints. It is the #1 cause for disabilities in America that effects people of all races, sexes, and ages. According to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children suffer from some sort of arthritis. Symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion.
These tips will help preserve joint function, mobility, and quality of life:
- For those with arthritis in the lower body, use assisted devices like a cane, walker, or shower chair.
- Apply hot and cold compresses to the joints to reduce swelling (cold) and help relieve stiffness (warm) for up to 20 minutes a few times a day.
- Exercise to increase blood flow and avoid stiffness of the joints.
- If caring for someone, perform range of motion exercises to keep the blood flowing and reduce inflammation and stiffness of the joints.
- Maintain a healthy weight to relieve pressure on the joints.