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Tips for Arthritis Relief

January 12th, 2012 Healthy Living

Rheumatoid arthritis frequently begins between the ages of 40 and 50, and affects women far more than it does men. Perhaps the most well-known symptom is the inflammation of the membrane that surrounds joints and tendons. This can lead to swelling and stiffness, which ultimately can greatly limit movement. Although there is no known cure for arthritis, a number of treatment options are available that can help alleviate the worst of the symptoms. If you or a loved one are having trouble with the disorder, here are a few useful tips to keep in mind.

Pain management is one of the most difficult aspects of living with arthritis. However, you can take steps to limit its impact on your life. Think of it as your body's way of telling you to take action, rather than as something that must be endured. The Arthritis Foundation outlines several treatment options. Using heat and cold can help reduce pain and ease stiffness. Cold packs can be used to lower inflammation and swelling, which is particularly useful when you experience sudden flares. You can employ either warm heat - such as a pad or heat lamp - or wet heat like a warm bath. Make sure you place a towel over your skin to protect your skin from any unintentional injury.

If you're concerned about developing cardiovascular disease as a result of your arthritis, you may want to consider beginning a low-dose aspirin regimen. This can be useful, but it's not without its own risks - namely a slightly increased chance of gastrointestinal bleeding - so you should speak with your doctor before moving forward.