Some diseases cling to us for life and arthritis is one of them. Yes, when one must think of it, having arthritis can be very overwhelming and daunting. Unfortunately, there is a lack of awareness of the types of arthritis, and therefore, this disease is often treated as one type only. Also, with rumor mills spilling over with wrong advice, there is much chaos, unrest, and confusion surrounding the disease.
There are at least 18 crore Indians who suffer from arthritis, irrespective of the type or stage of the disease. Here are five critical ways experts deal with the disease –
- Meet the Doctor
There is no point in self-medication or going herbal. It is best to speak to the doctor first, seek a proper diagnosis and medication. Before approaching the right treatment, one should know the type arthritis they have and what are the common triggers.
- Don’t be a couch potato
Arthritis is painful. It also restricts one’s movements as it makes one stiff. But this is no excuse not to move at all. In fact, no action will make things worse. If one has to sit for more extended periods, they should keep changing their positions. Tilting the neck sideways in short breaks is a good idea too. One should stand, do some stretching, walk around a bit too.
- Exercise is a must
Do simple exercises. The focus should be on cycling, walking, stretching. One can try swimming as well.
- Don’t self-medicate
To alleviate pain, we all resort to OTC medicines. While they do help in relaxing the muscle pain and joint pain, they may not be effective in curing severe arthritic pain.
- No smoking
This is a must – smokers are prone to rheumatoid arthritis. If the patient already has rheumatoid arthritis, smoking will worsen their condition. For smokers, arthritis treatment is far more aggressive.