Monday, November 07, 2011

Health Tips for November 7

Health Tip: Is It Arthritis That's Irritating Your Knee?

Arthritis can affect any joint, but weight-bearing joints such as the knee are particularly vulnerable.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions these common symptoms of knee arthritis:
  • Swelling and stiffness.
  • Trouble straightening or bending the knee.
  • Pain that tends to worsen in the morning, after resting, or after activities such as climbing stairs, kneeling or walking.
  • Pain and stiffness that seem to coincide with changes in weather.
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.

No comments: