Arthritis describes pain and inflammation in the joints and can be found in one or multiple joints in the body.  There are more than one hundred types of arthritis, the most common being rheumatoid arthritis and osteo arthritis.

Each type of arthritis has different causes and symptoms and therefore different treatment methods. The most common signs and symptoms include joint pain and swelling, and related stiffness that can affect the range of motion of that joint.

Arthritis can have a significant impact on your daily life. The pain can make it difficult to get out of bed and perform seemingly simple household tasks. Other activities, such as hobbies and recreational sport, can also be influenced. All of this can have an emotional impact leading to, for example, anxiety or even depression ultimately keeping you from living your best life. 

The question then arises – how to continue living one’s life as best as possible when suffering from arthritis? 

The first and most important step is to ensure you receive the correct treatment for the arthritis type you have and to then stick to the treatment regimen. This will reduce discomfort and help you to maintain as much mobility and independence.

Secondly, it is important to maintain a healthy body weight.  As you may be less active as a result of the pain and swelling, it is important to adapt your diet accordingly. If one is overweight, this will place additional stress on the already affected joints, making moving and the activities associated with daily living even more difficult. However, whether you suffer from arthritis or not, maintaining a healthy weight will always be a great way to live better.

Thirdly, it is important to remain active and continue with regular exercise. Low impact exercises such as  swimming, walking and Pilates will help to build strength and balance without placing extra stress on the joints. Exercise will also help you to stay fit and comes with the added mental health benefit. It will also improve joint mobility and range of motion, which in turn will make the activities of daily life much more bearable.

Next, it may be important to modify your living space if needed or to make lifestyle adjustments such as avoiding stairs and steps. Move items in your home around to help prevent anything that could place extra stress on your joints and try to avoid using the affected joints in daily activities, relying rather on your strong joints as far as possible. 

Lastly, do not be afraid to ask for help. We all need a little help sometimes. Inform those around you of your condition and let them know how, and when, they can help you. 

Deep Relief Gel is a very effective product that can be applied to those joints that are affected by arthritis.  The gel contains Ibuprofen which acts as an anti-inflammatory.  When applied to the affected joints, it will help to decrease the swelling, pain and inflammation. Deep Relief also contains menthol that brings about a cooling effect to the area, further helping to decrease both pain and swelling. Another advantage of Deep Relief Gel is that it can be applied directly to the affected area with the effect immediately noticeable. Deep Relief Gel is available in tubes that can always be kept handy and used whenever needed.

An arthritis diagnosis does not mean you cannot live a good life. There are ways to adapt, together with the support from people and products, that can go a long way to assisting you in living a great life. 

Article written by EPT – The Ultimate Sports Recovery Experts