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Tips to Improve Your Arthritis Pain

  • Feb 17, 2016
  • by Atlanta Pain Management Center
  • Arthritis
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Living with arthritis can bring on new daily challenges. In fact, coping with the discomfort and pain can be very overwhelming. Chronic pain and long-lasting fatigue causes physical limitations and can interrupt living a “normal life.” In effect, daily activities and regular tasks are thwarted. Arthritis pain takes its toll and starts controlling your life. But instead, there are preventative measures that can help improve your arthritis pain. You can reduce the pain and start living a normal life.

Weight Matters

When you lose weight it takes pressure off your hips and knees. For instance, when you walk forward the pressure or force on your knees is two to three times your body weight. So if you weigh 145 pounds, the pressure on your knees and hips would be from 290 to 435 pounds. Just an extra 15 pound can make a big difference; 15 pounds would be 30-45 extra pounds of pressure on your joints. And with arthritis, that is a lot of pressure that can cause additional discomfort and pain. In truth, the more extra weight you have, the more pressure you put on your joints which will increase the pain and deteriorate the joints faster.

Good Posture

If you want to minimize the stress on your spine and joints, it is important to have good posture. When standing, keep your feet 12 inches apart. As well, the outside of your feet should form two parallel lines. Make sure to evenly distribute your weight between both feet. As well, keep the shoulders drawn down and back so that your chest is broadened and lifted. You chin should also be parallel with the ground. For imagery that helps with good posture, envision a cord affixed to the top of your head that gently lifts you up.

Wear Functional Footwear

If you have arthritis, you may want to reconsider wearing your heels. Actually, many specialists believe that wearing high heels could lead to osteoarthritis. In fact, many studies done by numerous organizations found that at least 24 percent of women who wear high heels are more likely to develop arthritis – Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, the Musculoskeletal Research Center (US National Library of Medicine) and many other researchers.

Women who often wear high heels of at least two inches high (also thick heels) increase twisting force at the knee, injure the joint adjoining the back of the kneecap and can eventually later develop osteoarthritis.

Moreover, proper footwear during exercise is also important. Supportive shoes like athletic shoes will decrease the stress you put on the joints while exercising. It is also a good idea to replace your tennis shoes once a year, exercising with worn out shoes can overstress the joints.

When Chronic Pain Persists

If chronic pain increases or persists for an extended amount of time, it is best to see a specialist. There could be underlying problems or ways a physician can help with reducing or eliminating the pain. At Alliance Spine and Pain Centers, we make every effort to offer you relief without surgery methods.

And whether you have osteoarthritis or arthritis, the physicians at Alliance Spine and Pain Centers offers solutions to fit individual needs with the use of comprehensive pain management. Our professional staff looks forward to helping you with a comprehensive pain management plan so you can have an enjoyable and pain-free and life. For convenience, Alliance Spine and Pain Centers has 15 locations around the Atlanta metro area.

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