Thursday, November 03, 2011

Health Tips for November 3

Health Tip: Living With Osteoarthritis

Exercise can help improve many symptoms of osteoarthritis, a joint disease that causes pain and stiffness.

The Arthritis Foundation mentions these potential benefits of exercise to people with osteoarthritis:

  • Reduced stiffness and pain.
  • Stronger joints, better joint function and improved range of motion.
  • A possible slowing of arthritis progression.
  • Reduced risk of other chronic conditions, such as obesity or heart disease.

Before you begin any exercise regimen, discuss your plans with your doctor.

Health Tip: Take Care of Arthritic Joints

Even everyday activities can strain stiff and inflamed arthritic joints.

The Arthritis Foundation offers these suggestions to help tame arthritis stiffness and pain:

  • Avoid too many activities that hurt your joints. Use aids -- such as zipper pulls or jar openers -- to make such tasks easier.
  • Try to lift with muscles and joints that are largest and strongest, and cause the least amount of pain.
  • Don't stay in the same position for too long.
  • Strike a good balance between physical activity and resting when you need it.
  • Listen to pain as a sign that you've pushed yourself too hard, and take it easier next time.
  • Get help from friends and family when faced with a challenge that's too tough.

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