Do stay active
Many people who suffer from joint pain think exercise will make things worse. In fact, exercise can help manage pain and strengthen muscle, which in turn reduces pressure on cartilage. Walking is one of the best exercises for people who suffer from arthritis, as are water-based exercises and other low-impact activities such as riding a bicycle.
Do practice weight control
It is important to maintain a healthy diet and body weight, as obesity is linked to some chronic diseases, such as osteoarthritis. The extra weight can really put pressure on your joints leading to pain and damage.
Do find a partner
Try to find a buddy who will exercise with you and help you stay on track with a regimen. A partner will help motivate you and ensure you stick to a long-term plan.
Do seek medical advice
People can sometimes get wrong ideas and misinformation from friends or sources on the internet. It is important to consult with your doctor before starting any treatment plan and to help to better understand your disease.
Do keep an open mind
There are many treatment options available for joint pain. Treatments include better diet and exercise, injections, medication, and surgery. Notable are the technological advancements in surgery, which are now allowing patients to receive personalized implants. It is important to realize what’s good for one person may not be good for another, and often you will need a combination of treatments to help alleviate your joint pain.
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