3 Tips for Individuals With Arthritis

From career plans to fitness goals, there are countless ways for people to live their best lives in 2020. But what about individuals who struggle with joint pain and discomfort from arthritis? 

If you are looking for ways to potentially reduce arthritis symptoms in your hands, wrist, arms, elbows or shoulders, look no further than Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder Center. We have 17 offices throughout the Delaware Valley including Cherry Hill, Paoli, King of Prussia, and Philadelphia County, PA, with the top orthopedic surgeons in the region. We put together this infographic below listing three goals that arthritis patients should commit to in 2020. After reviewing the infographic, continue reading as we discuss each tip further:

Adopt a Healthier Lifestyle

If you prefer arthritis remedies that don’t require medication, you may want to consider eating healthier and exercising more often in 2020. By attaining closer-to-ideal body weight, your joints will likely deal with less pressure, which means you’ll experience less pain. You can also reduce inflammation by eating fewer fatty meats and more fruits and vegetables. And, believe it or not, it’s safe — even recommended, in most cases — to exercise with osteoarthritis. You will feel less pain with stronger support from the muscles surrounding your joints. Talk to one of our doctors for help determining the best exercises for your specific case of arthritis, as the best solution may vary considerably from patient to patient.

Get More Rest

It’s no secret that your body feels happier and healthier when you are well-rested. But people tend to make healthier choices when they establish healthy sleeping patterns. Resting more can also help you reduce stress levels, another factor that can exacerbate pain and discomfort caused by arthritis. And of course, taking more time to relax each day will reduce the workload for your joints, allowing your body to recover for longer.

Ask for Help

Most people want to maintain their physical independence for as long as possible, despite conditions like arthritis slowing them down considerably as they age. By asking for help with strenuous tasks that could potentially exacerbate your symptoms or cause an injury, you can protect and preserve your body. In other words, arthritis isn’t a battle; it’s a war.  In the long run, seemingly small injuries may manifest into something more serious that could truly jeopardize your independence. There’s nothing wrong with a little help once in a while!

Learn More About Managing Arthritis Pain

Are you dealing with a particularly severe case of arthritis that could require an orthopedic hand surgeon? Our doctors in Philadelphia County, Montgomery County, Delaware County, Bucks County, Chester County, and Southern New Jersey may be able to help you — call us today to learn more! 

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