How to Protect Joints for People with Arthritis

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What is Arthritis?


Arthritis is an autoimmune disease which when strikes; can make us realize the importance of each and every limb that makes us move.

In this disease, the joints get inflamed, and that puts pressure on the muscles surrounding it, which causes pain and stiffness to move around. Arthritic joints are weak and the cartilage surrounding it is swollen thus, moving with this kind of joint is painful. Efforts should be taken to avoid stressing out such joints.

Arthritis has been classified into various forms depending on where this disease strikes. Some of the known diseases that classify under arthritis are:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis

Symptoms

Arthritis disorders usually involve swelling, joint stiffness and pain around a particular joint.

An individual ailing from this disease suffers from poor sleep cause of the constant pain and muscle aches and tenderness.

There is a constant feeling of tiredness and difficulty moving the joint cause of the pain.

If this disease is not treated, it could cause disability and loss of income. Since such individuals are considered disabled if not able to move around.

Treatment

There is no cure yet for Arthritis since technically the cells of an individual are attacking his own body.

It is one of the Auto immune diseases.

However, relief can be found by physical therapy, diet control, medications that help reduce inflammation in the joint, which decreases pain, which can help a person move around freely.

What do Experts say?

Experts recommend movement!

As long as you move your affected joints in a reasonable way that it does not give striking pain.

Movement is highly recommended since; as the minutes tick away; the stiffness and pain will decrease, and an individual ailing with arthritis will not have thoughts before moving.

Ways to protect your joints

  • Good Posture

Use good body posture to avoid straining the ailing joint by trying to put equal pressure on your muscles and joints. If joints are swollen, then try using muscles to move around. Example: getting up from a chair, use thigh muscles instead of using your hands to get up. This will avoid straining the gentle joints of your hands and wrist while trying to bring up the weight of your body.

  • Movement

Move around and do not stay in one position for long. This will just burden the particular joint. Example: sitting for long? Get up and take a stroll around the house or around the work place.

  • Kill the pain

If pain persists; do not hesitate to take ibuprofen. This will help reduce the inflammation around the joints, and give better movement to an individual ailing with arthritis.

  • Protective Gear

Arthritic joints are weak thus, an individual doing gardening or biking or indulging in any kind of sport needs to wear protective gear around his/her knees, elbows. Be smart and wise to prolong the age of your ailing joints.

  • Healthy Weight

Keeping a healthy weight is extremely crucial for an individual ailing with arthritis. That will help reduce the impact on those debilitated joints. Keep a tab on your diet, and try to move around to increase mobility and also burn some calories.

  • Warming up

Since joints are ailing and weak. Warming up prior to exercising is recommended for such individuals. Swimming is gentle to the joints, and if doing it in a heated pool, it can add comfort to the joints, ligaments, and muscles.

  • Strengthen the muscles

Strengthen the muscles around the weak joints. Usually arthritis strikes in the knees or the hips. Strengthening those muscles around those joints will help take off the stress from the joint.

  • Core of the body

Strengthen the core of your body. This will help balance your entire structure and prevent you from falling and injuring yourself. Include strengthening exercises in your routine that include stretching out the abdominal, back and hips.

  • Improve the Diet

Improve your diet by consuming fish or taking supplements that contain omega-3. Omega-3s help keep joints healthy by reducing inflammation. Milk consummation is also recommended since it helps in strengthening the bones. Supplements such as Vitamin D are also considered essential. Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, broccoli should be included in one’s diet.

How do you protect your joints?

  • Exercise
  • Diet
  • Stress Relieving--Tai-chi/ yoga
  • None
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Conclusion


The increase in autoimmune diseases is a BIG example of the stress level in our lives.

We have allowed stress to come and sit around us, which ultimately has engulfed us, and we see our body respond to various diseases, which are prevailing in abundance around us, such as Arthritis, various forms of Cancer etc.


Solution?


Exercising of any form can help reduce stress, ward off anxiety. Thus, helping to improve sleep and boost self esteem in an individual.

Result: A person is fit and healthy as exercising has helped him/her ward off all health issues.

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Comments 18 comments

Vinaya Ghimire profile image

Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Ruchira, this is very useful and informative article. I have many relatives suffering from arthritis in my extended family. I'm going to memorize your tips.


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Well what actually constitutes exercise? Does typing count? I do lots of that!

Seriously now - great hub!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Great information Ruchira! I am blessed with good joints but I have friends who suffer greatly from arthritis.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

Ruch this is very useful and very well written article.. you inform flawlessly..voted up and useful


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I'm a firm believer in exercise and a good diet. I have no problem with arthritis but i have family who have. I am at the computer too much, but lately i have started taking breaks and riding my stationary bike. Great hub ruchira.....


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Ruchi Urvashi 3 years ago from Singapore

Great hub about arthritis, my both parents seem to have this problem. Personally, I enjoy sports and exercise. I take omega 3 supplements daily and it is good for overall health too. I believe prevention is better than cure. Voted up.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

This is wonderful advice, Ruchira, for people who unfortunately suffer from this. Thanks for sharing!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Very useful and interesting tips. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.


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dghbrh 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

This hub is very useful and informative. Thank you for sharing the tips also. Shared and votes +++++++++++++


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I just left a comment, but I don't see it. This may be a duplicate.

Great Hub on the subject of arthritis. I wrote a Hub about using heat gloves for arthritic hands. These two would certainly compliment each other. May I link this Hub into mine?

Voted UP, and shared.


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gaplumber 3 years ago

Thanks, it does hurt.


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mperrottet 3 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

As I age, my arthritis keeps getting worse - these are good tips. I find that exercise helps very much, and especially yoga. Voted up and useful.


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alocsin 3 years ago from Orange County, CA

I'm concerned about getting this as I approach senior citizenship. Thank you for offering tips on it. Voting this Up and Useful.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Great tips and suggestions for those who suffer from arhritis. This is why I keep active, exercise and eat a good diet. Voted up!


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Am sharing this again for those who have this problem, including my Mother-In-Law!


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lex123 3 years ago

Very useful hub, Ruchira. I too suffer from arthritis, though now it is under control. Whenever I get problems again I will come back to your article.


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

What a great informative article!


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Ruchira 21 months ago from United States Author

Thank you all for your precious inputs and appreciate your comments

xoxo

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