What Should You Do If You Have Osteoarthritis?

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Here are the thing that you should do if you have osteoarthritis:

  • Learn to slow down and relax when your body tells you to. Too much doings or overexercising can cause more pain.
  • Learn how to protect your joints and take stress off them.
  • Build up a support system of friends, family, and health caregivers who will be there to give a helping hand if you need it to manage your osteoarthritis.
  • Ask your doctor or physical therapist what workouts are best for you and for guidelines on exercising when you’re sore or have swelling.
  • Ask your physician about joining an education and self-help program. These programs teach about osteoarthritis, its treatments, exercise and relaxation, and how to communicate with your physician and solve problems.
  • Losing weight can reduce stress on joints and slow down further injury if you are overweight or obese. A healthy diet and regular exercise can help you get rid of those extra pounds.
  • Break down activities into small tasks that you can manage more easily.
  • Develop a daily routine that allows you to balance rest with activity.
  • Ask your physician if you should take medicines to stop or reduce pain so you can function better. Common over-the-counter drugs for treating osteoarthritis include ibuprofen, naprosyn and acetaminophen. Just be sure to note from your physician which medicine is most appropriate for your needs. Nearly all of the drugs can cause serious side effects like kidney problems or bleeding ulcers. They should be used carefully by people over 65 or those with a history of gastrointestinal bleeding or ulcers.
  • Focus on your abilities instead of disabilities, your strengths rather than weaknesses, and keep a positive attitude.

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