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Alleviating Arthritis Pain

Arthritis is a chronic disease common among people 65 and older. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, but the most common side effects include joint pain, stiffness and inflammation.

While there isn’t currently a cure for most types of arthritis, there are ways to alleviate most of the pain associated with arthritis, including:

Heating Pads and Ice Pack

Applying heat for 15 minutes at a time can help alleviate some of the pain. People who experience stiff joints when they first wakeup often benefit from using a heating pad before they get up. Other forms of heat you can use are: warm towels, hot packs and warm showers or baths.

If your arthritis causes swelling, use ice to alleviate the pain and swelling. Ice packs are a great option, but you can also use a bag of frozen peas or corn.

Avoid Joint Stress

Putting less stress on your joints can help prevent swelling and reduce pain. Items such as rubber jar openers or grab bars in your bathroom can help ease joint pain as you complete everyday tasks.

Creams

Over-the-counter creams can temporarily help alleviate minor joint pain. Keep in mind, since these only provide temporary relief, most creams must be reapplied on a regular basis.

Diet

The foods you eat can play a big role in reducing arthritis pain. Fruits and vegetables play a key role, but so do high protein foods such as eggs and fish. The oil in fish is especially helpful. In fact, eating cold-water fish can reduce stiffness and inflammation.

Weight Loss

Any extra weight you carry can put extra stress on your joints and cause pain. Weight loss not only helps alleviate that pain, but can allow you to exercise more which is also good for your joints.

For more tips on how to alleviate arthritis pain, talk to your doctor about specific treatments that can help with your type of arthritis.