How to Care For Arthritis in the Winter

ArthritisArthritis causes inflammation to one or more joints in your body, which leads to pain, stiffness and swelling. This condition can pose quite a challenge to daily activities—and can worsen as the weather cools down. If you are suffering from Arthritis, follow these tips to relieve symptoms during the Winter months.

Stay Warm

Heat is helpful in relieving stiffness and pain from aching joints. During the Winter months you can keep your body warm by using hot water bottles and heat pads, wearing warm clothes and taking warm baths.

Nutrition

By eating the right foods, you can reduce the risk of developing Arthritis and also alleviate pain related to this condition. Some of the best foods for Arthritis are fish, leafy greens, dairy and bananas.

Weight Loss

The best way to relieve Arthritis pain is by maintaining a healthy weight—and losing some pounds if necessary. The extra weight adds extra pressure to your joints, leading to an increase in pain and other symptoms of Arthritis.

Joint Injections

Nowadays, there are several types of joint injections available to ease pain and treat the underlying cause of the problem.

  • Cortisone: This combines a corticosteroid that fights inflammation by restricting blood flow with an anesthetic to soothe pain.
  • Hyaluronic acid:  This makes up most of the fluid that lubricates the knee. If the amount of fluid is reduced due to a condition such as osteoarthritis, an injection of hyaluronic acid helps to bring it back up to healthy levels.

Exercise

Exercising is great for arthritis; despite the common perception that it may do more harm than good. In fact, physical activity can help strengthen the muscles around your joints, maintain bone strength and improve flexibility. Because exercise strengthens the entire body, Arthritis symptoms such as joint pain and fatigue, are reduced.

Calcium and Vitamin D

Calcium is essential for bone growth and maintenance and Vitamin D helps the body absorb Calcium. Eating foods that have high contents of these nutrients can help maintain your overall bone health. If necessary, talk to your orthopedic doctor about dietary supplements.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture can help relieve Arthritis pain by relaxing muscles and regulating the nervous system. When a needle is inserted into an acupuncture point, the body pays special attention to the micro-trauma, emitting healing factors.

For more information about Arthritis, or to schedule an appointment with Specialty Orthopaedic Surgery, visit our website or call (602) 466-7591.

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