As winter approaches, many people with arthritis become just a little more aware of their condition. Although there’s no concrete medical evidence that achy joints (or those more achy than usual) are a good predictor of cold weather or rain — it’s a common belief.
No matter the reason symptoms worsen, see your doctor on a regular basis and try these:
- Move your workout indoors: It’s easy to become less active in winter, but if you suffer from joint pain, regular exercise is essential. Mall walking is popular, especially in the winter. If laps at the mall aren’t your style, try using an elliptical machine or treadmill at home or the local gym.
- Dress in warm layers and sturdy footwear: A little extra warmth can make a big difference in your basic comfort. Add layers over achy joints in particular. Well-chosen winter shoes will give you more support and help prevent a fall in wet, windy, icy or snowy conditions.
- Heated pools: Warmth relaxes the muscles, making exercise easier. Even better, exercise in water provides a low-impact workout that won’t jar those joints. Allow your body temperature to fall back to normal before you head outside again.
With you physician’s approval consider adding:
- Vitamin D: Add supplements or foods rich in this nutrient, because you’re getting less natural vitamin D from the sun in the winter.
- Glucosamine-chondroitin: This over-the-counter herbal supplement has lots of fans who report that it has relieved their joint pain and eased movement.
- Fish oil: This supplement contains omega-3 fatty acids, touted as helpful in reducing inflammation. But they can also make you bruise more easily and inhibit blood clotting.
- NSAIDs: Aspirin and ibuprofen are examples.These nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can be useful when pain and inflammation are excessive.
- Massage: Can help soothe muscle cramps.
- Acupuncture: Many people swear by this as a drug-free alternative treatment.
Do you need medical supplies to ease your arthritis? Contact Mar-J Medical Supply with your questions, or to place an order. Visit us in Boca Raton if you’re in the area.
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