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7 Ways to Reduce Arthritis Pain

By    |   Tuesday, 04 Aug 2015 06:53 PM

Staying ahead of arthritis and the joint pain that plagues sufferers can be challenging, even though significant strides in treating the disease have been made.

Here are seven ways to reduce arthritis pain:

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1. Quit smoking – Smoking stresses connective tissue, which increases arthritis pain, The Mayo Clinic said.

2. Corticosteroid injections – Sometimes used for osteoarthritis pain, these injections, also called steroid shots, into the joint can relieve pain and inflammation for weeks to several months, WebMD said.

3. Maintain a healthy weight – Being overweight puts additional pressure on your joints. WebMD quoted a study that found each pound lost takes four pounds of pressure off the knee in people who are overweight.

4. Follow an arthritis diet – Some foods have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, according to the Arthritis Foundation. While there is no specific diet, various research has found that a diet styled around eating a Mediterranean diet, which focuses on fish, vegetables, and olive oil, can be helpful for arthritis sufferers. Other research has found diets higher in fiber to be helpful.

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5. Protect your joints – The Arthritis Foundation offers a list of suggestions for taking care of your joints, including wearing comfortable shoes (not high heels), upping your calcium intake to avoid osteoporosis, and avoiding high-impact exercise.

6. Joint surgery – As arthritis progresses, it may be necessary to consider joint surgery to help with pain. The Arthritis Foundation listed numerous options, including partial and full joint replacement and fusion procedures that use pins, rods, and plates to repair joints. 

7. Exercise – A variety of exercises an help maintain health, strength, and flexibility, all of which are critical to fighting off arthritis pain. Consult a physician before beginning a new exercise program and for advice on ways to protect joints as you exercise.

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