Putting ice on an aching joint is better for swelling, like after exercise. Heat is better to reduce stiffness, like in the morning or at night.
Movement as Medicine
Exercise and therapy can help alleviate arthritis – if it’s the right kind of exercise. Gentle exercise and gliding or low weight exercises like swimming, biking, or using an elliptical machine can help reduce or prevent stiffness. These exercises get you moving in ways that usually don’t aggravate arthritis. You should try to avoid high-impact activities such as running, jumping or burpees (tragic, I know). More examples of home therapy exercises can be found atorthoinfo.aaos.org/.
Take a Load Off
You can also relieve stress on joints by using a cane, crutch, walker, brace, or splint.
Inflammation can be treated using certain medications. Prescription medications are available, but OTC anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen can be almost as effective at treating arthritis symptoms. Acetaminophen (Brand name: Tylenol) can be used for pain, but it is not as effective for treating inflammation. You can take both acetaminophen and anti-inflammatory medications together, but it’s important to consult with your physician, especially if you have ulcers, asthma, kidney disease or liver disease before taking new medication.
Telemedicine and 7-Days-a-Week Urgent Care Available in Norwalk
OrthoConnecticut Coastal Orthopedics aims to provide the highest quality of orthopedic care to each and every patient we see and is now offering telemedicine appointments. While we have suspended nonessential visits and elective surgeries, we will remain open for urgent matters, such as fractures, serious strains and sprains, and severe instances of pain. Contact us at 203.845.2200 or online and our team will assist in getting you an appointment.
*This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider like OrthoConnecticut Coastal Orthopedics with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.