The pain caused by osteoarthritis can be life-changing, as it is a chronic disease with no cure, it is important that it is monitored and treated effectively. There are a variety of different methods to help deal with the pain and there are even some techniques that can assist in the prevention of the disease. What follows is a look at some of these potential treatments and tips to alleviate the pain, and the effects that they can have on people who are suffering with this disease.
While it sounds obvious, keeping active can help someone suffering with osteoarthritis to no end. Not only does exercise boost your energy it can also help with strengthening your muscles and bones, and keeping your joints flexible. Both resistance based training and aerobic exercise can benefit an individual who is plagued by pain. The resistance training will help to build stronger muscles, the strengthened muscles will then provide more protection and support for the joints that are affected by osteoarthritis. Whereas aerobic workouts can help you lose weight, which in turn may help to relieve the stress on painful joints. If there is a history of osteoarthritis in your family it can be a good idea to make sure that you exercise regularly. It is of course sensible to only exercise in moderation as excessive workouts can sometimes aggravate the injured joints, and it is good practice to avoid exercising at all when in pain as it is more than likely just to cause more pain.
Eating a diet that is rich in nutrients can be beneficial to the treatment of arthritis, vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids are particularly helpful. Experts advise that it is best to focus on eating health foods as opposed to loading up on supplements, diets including whole grains, low-fat dairy, fish, and lean meats are most beneficial to those suffering from osteoarthritis.
A good night’s sleep can be beneficial to the symptoms of osteoarthritis in the sense that it can help you cope with the stress. Removing all distractions from the bedroom such as televisions and computers, can help make the process easier. If you are struggling because of osteoarthritis related pain the use of additional pillows to take pressure of your afflicted joints is something that could be beneficial.
If you are in the Sydney area and require specialised treatment for osteoarthritis, sports injuries, or chronic pain that is causing you discomfort then do not hesitate to arrange an appointment with George Hardas today and see how he can help you.