In the United States alone, 23% of all adults – 54 million people! – suffer from arthritis (CDC). This chronic disease is simply put, the inflammation of the joints, and is caused by numerous things but loss of cartilage is one of the main contributing factors (Healthline). To treat arthritis, many physicians offer medications to help relieve symptoms, but there are several drug-free alternatives that can treat the cause of your chronic pain.
It might surprise you to learn that a change to your diet can help relieve symptoms of arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation recommends adopting and anti-inflammatory diet, aka the Mediterranean diet. The basics for this type of diet are to cut out processed foods and focus on eating fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, and beans (Arthritis Foundation). The benefits of adopting this type of diet are that it reduces inflammation to relieve arthritic symptoms, lowers blood pressure, improves joint and heart health, and much more!
Movement is essential to keep your body working as it should, and as hard as it might be to start exercising when your body is in pain, the benefits are so great that you really cannot exclude it from your treatment plan. “Exercise is crucial for people with arthritis. It increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps combat fatigue” (Mayo Clinic). While you may worry that exercise will cause more damage to your joints, but this is far from the truth. According to the Mayo Clinic exercise can help improve symptoms of arthritis by building strength in the muscles around your joints and maintaining overall bone strength and flexibility.
Physical therapy is a great option for someone suffering from arthritis and who has experienced a loss in mobility and ability to perform daily tasks. “Goals of physical therapy in arthritis include improving the mobility and restoring the use of affected joints, increasing strength to support the joints, and maintaining fitness and the ability to perform daily activities” (Arthritis Foundation). As your physical therapy team, we will work to help you relieve pain and improve function through a personal recovery plan that will best meet your needs.
Schedule an appointment today with one of our physical therapists to start relieving your arthritis symptoms and get back to enjoying the activities that you love!