Did you know that arthritis can occur with not only the elderly, but also with people at any stage of their life, including infancy? This fact, along with many others will be covered in this article. If you need to know the best advice for how to deal with arthritis, then read on.
Reduce the stress in your daily life. Stress causes your body to release the neurochemical cortisol, while causes inflammation. People with arthritis should know that inflammation is the main cause of the pain and stiffness of arthritis. Reducing stress reduces your body’s production of these chemicals, which relieves your symptoms.
Try different treatments with hot and cold packs to see what works for you. Different patients have different success with hot or cold compresses. Generally, chronic pain responds well to heat, while sudden onset pain responds best to cold packs. Everyone is different, however, and your initial treatment attempts may not bring immediate relief.
Even if you aren’t currently experiencing an arthritis flare-up, adjust your motions to protect your joints. Taking care of joints that are symptom-free now, will lead to less pain later. Use good posture, use larger joints instead of smaller ones, and don’t ever assume that even a small task is an acceptable risk.
Take your time with major clean up tasks if arthritis is a part of your life. Major cleaning tasks, like mopping and changing bed sheets, put a strain on your body. They involve the use, and sometimes over use, of several different muscles and joints. Take a break when you can or better yet, ask for help. You don’t have to do it all in one day.
Make sure you don’t smoke. Smoking has been shown to increase your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Not only that, but if you do develop it, smoking has been shown to worsen the joint damage. Patients who smoke most often have much more severe symptoms than those patients who don’t smoke.
If you have arthritis and are designing a home, talk with your builder about some modifications. Make a list in consultation with your builder. Modifying the placement of items you ordinarily would have to stretch to reach can help you manage your arthritis better. When your joints are inflamed, stretching can be painful, so minimizing the amount of stretching you do helps minimize your joint pain.
Take the time to have your family educated about your rheumatoid arthritis and the different challenges that will occur while you live with this condition. There are classes available through The Arthritis Foundation, and there are many books available that can be used to teach your family about the condition.
There is quite a bit to learn about arthritis. Not only did you learn many important facts, but hopefully, the advice provided will be more than enough to either use for your own purpose or to share with others that need it. Go out, and use these tips today to reduce the effects of this condition.