Arthritis affects more than 50 million Americans, including more than 294,000 children under the age of 18.

Facts About Arthritis

Arthritis is one of the most prevalent causes of chronic pain and disability in older adults.

  • Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. 
  • By 2040, 78 million US adults will have arthritis.
  • Over 25 million US adults are currently limited by arthritis in everyday activities.
  • Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States.
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Quick Tips to Help with Arthritis

1. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Keeping a healthy weight reduces stress on joints, particularly on weight-bearing ones like the hips, knees, and ankles. This can decrease wear and tear, potentially preventing the onset or progression of arthritis symptoms.

2. Engage in Low Impact Exercises

Low impact exercises such as swimming, cycling, and walking can strengthen muscles and improve joint function without exacerbating pain or causing further damage. These activities help maintain flexibility and range of motion, crucial for managing arthritis pain.

3. Practice Regular Stretching or Yoga

Regular stretching or yoga increases flexibility, improves alignment, and enhances joint mobility. By incorporating these activities into your routine, you can help reduce stiffness and pain associated with arthritis, while also boosting your overall physical and mental well-being.

4. Explore Pain Management Techniques

Techniques such as mindfulness meditation, acupuncture, or the use of hot and cold therapies can be effective in managing arthritis pain. These methods provide alternative ways to relieve pain and inflammation, offering relief without relying solely on medication.

5. Stop Inflammation by Quitting Smoking 

Smoking cessation can reduce inflammation in the body, which exacerbates arthritis symptoms. Quitting smoking helps improve circulation and overall health, potentially slowing the progression of arthritis and enhancing the effectiveness of treatment.

6. Eat More Fish

Consuming fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines, can help reduce inflammation in the body. Regular intake of these nutrients may decrease joint stiffness and pain associated with inflammatory types of arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis.

7. Protect Your Joints

Using ergonomically designed tools and avoiding activities that put excessive stress on joints can prevent injuries and decrease the likelihood of developing arthritis. For those already dealing with arthritis, protecting joints with braces and other support may help to manage pain and limit further damage.

8. Control Your Blood Sugar 

High blood sugar levels can contribute to the formation of compounds that stiffen cartilage and make it more susceptible to damage. Managing blood sugar effectively can reduce these risks, helping to prevent the onset of osteoarthritis and complications in other types of arthritis.

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