Despite the many forms of arthritis, many fundamental principles are effective in reversing it’s affecting and even preventing it. Exercise and diet play a huge role when it comes to managing and preventing arthritis.
Below are simple steps one can take to combating arthritis.
- Striving to have a normal weight is one of the most important things you can do because every extra pound increases the wear and tear of the main weight-bearing joints which are the hips, knees, and spine.
- Adapt to having a simplified diet that’s low in fat and high in fiber. Having a diet that’s high in fiber has shown to improve circulation to the joints. After adapting to this kind of diet for some time, it will help open up some of the narrowed arteries. Eliminate all dairy products for three weeks and evaluate your response.
- You should engage in regular, active exercise for at least five days a week to keep your muscles strong. Weakened muscles have proven not to protect the joints. Whenever you feel your joints are painful or aching, do some swimming and water aerobics.
- Medications such as analgesics, muscle relaxants, and NSAIDs may help, especially in the acute phase of arthritis. Steroid therapy can produce dramatic improvement, but in the long run, it usually does more harm than good. So don’t depend on these drugs long term.
- Use affected joints only within the limits of their blood supply. Do not push through the pain. Though resting during acute episodes, then quickly returning to activity, is very important in preventing chronic disability.
- If your joints are severely damaged, the joint may need to be fused or replaced with an artificial joint. Also, there are surgical procedures available to correct deformities and to repair injuries.