I Have Arthritis: Now What?

By: Lyla Feldman

You are as healthy as a horse your whole life and for the last two weeks you have been waking up with a stiff neck and swollen hands. You are probably frightened and thinking, "What is happening to me?" ?According to the National Center for Chronic Disease and Health Promotion, you are more than likely one of 46 million adults in the Unites States who have been told by a doctor that they have some form of arthritis, the most common being osteoarthritis.?

1 in 5 adults have been diagnosed with this life changing condition and 50% of all people over age 65 have learned to live with it.? It is projected to increase by 40% in the next two decades with the aging population of the baby boomers.? This is the leading cause of disability in America but it doesn't mean that we cannot live enriching, happy lives.? If you or a loved one has arthritis, there are some ways to provide relief from common symptoms.

Many people with arthritis report significant limitations with walking, stooping/kneeling, climbing stairs, and social gatherings.? In a recent study from the Arthritis Care and Research Journal, regular exercise has been shown to drastically improve and manage pain.? Make exercise fun by participating in an arthritis water aerobics class at your local gym.? The resiliency of the water decreases wear and tear on the joints.? This is also a good way to socialize and working out doesn't have to feel like work if you enjoy it.?

By staying close to your recommended weight it will relieve pressure on the hips and knees.? Order free brochures online to educate yourself on managing arthritis, take a warm bath before bedtime, or plant a garden - this can be therapeutic for sore hands.? Trade in those trendy, high heels for a more comfortable shoe with plenty of padding and a stiff stole.? Of course, seek the advice of a good doctor or two to find the best treatment for your arthritis condition.?

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