September 12, 2019

Joint Pain and Arthritis

UNDERSTANDING THE SOURCE OF YOUR PAIN

The dreaded pain of arthritis mainly focuses on one portion of your body: your joints.
Arthritis as a general term that is categorized as “the inflammation of one or more of your joints.”
The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain, stiffness, and a lack of mobility.
Let’s focus on osteoarthritis for a moment. Osteoarthritis grinds your joints together as the soft tissue that normally cushions it wears away with daily use. As you get older, this tissue can get harder and harder to maintain resulting in a lot of joint pain.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that recognizes the soft tissue around your joints as a threat. Your immune system then releases antibodies that attack this actual healthy tissue, and deterioration and chronic arthritis joint pain occurs this way. 

JOINTS THAT CAN BE AFFECTED IN YOUR BODY FOR ANY TYPE OF ARTHRITIS INCLUDE:

● Hand Joints
● Spine
● Hips
● Knees
● Toes

Inflamed joints through arthritis develop symptoms like chronic pain, swelling, tenderness, and warmth in your joints. You may also experience morning stiffness that lasts for more than 30 minutes. Your joints can experience these due to bone erosions, ligament damage, muscle weakness, joint fusion, and centralized pain.
Exercise and stretching can be extremely beneficial when it comes to arthritis and joint pain! However, it is best to focus on warming up and gradual strength training when exercising with arthritis.
It is crucial to be healthy and maintain a healthy weight when diagnosed with any type of arthritis, but some activities can be dangerous and cause more harm than good!

AVOID PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES THAT ARE INTENSE WITH REPETITIVE MOTIONS LIKE:


● Cross country running or sprinting
● Hiking
● Jumping or playing sports like basketball that require you to jump up and down regularly
● Golf
● Tennis (Repetitive motions like serving can progressively wear the same part of your joint tissue down)
● High-impact aerobics
● Any exercise where you repeat the same movement, such as volleyball serves or dance routines, again and again.

Perfecting your exercise routine will enable you to lessen chronic joint pain and attain a healthy lifestyle to prevent further damage. Paying attention to your physical activity daily, whether you are doing low impact living activities or working out. Keep your joints moving, use good posture, and know your limitations when it comes to physical activities with arthritis.


CHECK-INS ARE ADDITIONALLY IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO LESSEN JOINT PAIN WITH ARTHRITIS:

● Hot and cold therapy (Heat treatments relaxes tense muscles and causes more movement in deteriorating joints. Applying cold elements to chronic pain reduces inflammation, pain, and swelling that can develop through everyday activity in arthritis sufferers.)

● Cognitive behavioral therapy (Talking through joint pain and modifying behavior helps you identify and defeat cycles of depression and self-doubt when it comes to fighting arthritis.)

● Massage therapy (You can receive massage treatment that will assist with arthritic symptoms in a cleansing spa, treatment room at a physical therapy clinic, or even in the comfort of your own home using massage tools that help with arthritis.)
● Relaxation therapy (Meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, soul searching in nature, or whatever it takes for you to relax. Relaxation can always assist in lowering stress and chronic pain levels.)

● Acupuncture (Professionals insert needles into targeted points on your body to promote lessened muscle tension, though it can take a while to notice any improvement.)
Managing the chronic joint pain with your arthritis is going to be unique and tailored to your diagnosis and situation. It is important to remember to take time and care of your joints and not push yourself too hard when combating the pain of arthritis. 


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