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3 Tips to Living With Osteoarthritis

More than 27 million Americans have osteoarthritis (OA), which is caused by wear and tear on the body over time.

While most people think the creaky joints and stiffness of old age are inevitable, the truth is that the more mobile you are, the less likely OA is to have a negative impact on your life.

There are many ways to lead a full life even with Osteoarthritis. It a question of educating yourself and planning ahead.

Learn to Manage More Easily Your Activities of Daily Living

The stiffness and pain of Osteoarthritis can affect your ability to perform your usual tasks, such as washing, dressing, shopping and preparing meals. These Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) are essential to maintain a good quality of life, but they don’t all have to be done by you.

Or, you might be able to do them more efficiently. For example, if you don’t already have a massaging shower head which is removable, have a loved one or plumber install it. It will help wash you and the bathroom too, even in the hard to reach places.

Grocery shopping has never been easier thanks to online ordering and delivery. They also have ready meals. On a limited budget? See what’s available from your local meals on wheels.

3 Tips to Living With Osteoarthritis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take Better Care of Yourself

There are many natural ways to relieve your pain and stiffness without having to take a lot of heavy-duty drugs. Some of the best ways include:

* Mild exercise
* Weight loss
* Physical therapy to target particular joints
* Complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies, such as acupuncture and massage
* Herbal remedies and supplements
* Watching your posture
* Sleeping well in a supportive bed
* Lowering your stress
* Dealing with mood disorders

The latter 3 are very important because if you are stressed, tired or depressed, you will usually be less resistant to pain.

3 Tips to Living With Osteoarthritis

Eat a Healthy Diet

A healthy, balanced diet should keep your weight down and your protein and nutrients up. Some people also try an anti-inflammatory diet, such as the Mediterranean diet, to ease the pain and swelling of arthritis.

It is an easy diet to follow, with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, olive oil, and fatty fish like salmon. It also involves avoiding salt, sugar, refined carbohydrates like white bread, and steering clear of gluten, a protein found in wheat.

If you’ve been struggling with OA, try these 3 tips and see what a difference they make to your health.

 




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