Tips to Treat Arthritis
One in five adults in the United States has been diagnosed with some form of arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Despite the chronic pain associated with the condition, there are simple steps you can take to treat arthritis and manage its impact on your life.
Exercise, particularly in water: For osteoarthritis, the most common form of the condition, exercise is one of the most effective ways to control pain and increase range of motion. The buoyancy of water lets people exercise with less impact on joints. Mills-Peninsula offers an arthritis aquatics class in a heated pool and led by an Arthritis Foundation-certified instructor.
Maintain a healthy weight: Even a few pounds less weight on your joints makes a difference in daily comfort and your ability to stay active.
Protect your joints: Keep arthritis pain under control by limiting the pressure and pounding on joints, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
Talk to your doctor. Some prescription medications and supplements can help reduce symptoms, as can relaxation techniques.
Learn self-management strategies: Mills-Peninsula offers an Arthritis Self Management course, originally developed at Stanford University to help improve quality of life for people with arthritis. This class offers a small-group setting in which participants can share and learn helpful tips and skills for living well with arthritis.
“The class explores different facets of living with arthritis and how to take charge,” says Jennifer Trizuto, senior physical therapist at Mills-Peninsula. “You can learn techniques to better manage fatigue and pain and even cut down how often you need to visit your doctor.”
Visit the Mills Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center for additional resources and information.