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Reducing Arthritis Pain

Nov 8, 2018 by Marc Jeffries

Arthritis is an extremely debilitating joint disease that is usually a result of chronic inflammation. This disorder is very common within the elderly community, and can be extremely painful and difficult to manage.  In addition to the discomfort caused directly by this condition, there is also copious evidence showing that cognitive imbalances such as depression can actually make physical pain more pronounced. At Comfort Keepers of Flemington, NJ, we have seen first hand how Arthritis has the potential to drastically reduce the quality of life for you or your loved ones. Fortunately, there are many ways to naturally decrease the intensity of the painful flare-ups associated with this condition.

Consult Your Doctor

As always, consult your primary care physician before implementing any new pain management techniques. Your doctor will be able to pinpoint the specific type arthritis you are afflicted with, and tell you if there are any treatments you must avoid for safety reasons. If pain becomes unmanageable, your doctor may suggest the use of an anti-inflammatory medication.

Heat & Cold Therapy

The next time you experience arthritis pain, try taking a steamy shower, or a dip in the hot tub if possible. The heat will ease the pains of stiff joints. Cold therapy is most useful for joint pain. For best results, simply apply an ice pack directly to the area of discomfort.

Yoga

Staying active is an extremely important and effective way to promote joint health. Yoga is an excellent way to increase your levels of physical activity, and facilitate a mind body connection. Start today by taking a yoga class or look up guided exercise videos on YouTube.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Proper nutrition is the ultimate key to wellness. Eating foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon and avocado have been shown to reduce pain associated with arthritis. Ensure that you always consume a balanced diet, and strive to achieve optimum health.

Comfort Keepers of Flemington, NJ is committed to providing quality in-home care to seniors in Flemington and all of Hunterdon, Warren and Somerset counties. Our home care team can assist your loved one by driving your loved one to and from the rheumatologist and/or primary care doctor. For more information about the in-home care services Comfort Keepers® provides, please call (908) 806-2220 or Toll Free at (908) 806-2220 or click here. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

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