Having arthritis doesn't mean you must refrain from certain activities. It means you need to modify how you do them. "You're not going to be as supple as you were in your teens or 20s," says Nortin M. Hadler, M.D., author of Rethinking Aging: Growing Old and Living Well in an Overtreated Society. "But you can still function without putting your life on hold." Try these tips to ease the ache.
Change Your Grip
Improve Your Workspace
Simplify Your Chores
Tame the Pain
Is it dull or burning? Does it feel worse in the morning, on rainy days or while performing a repetitive activity like playing piano? An accurate description of your pain can help your doctor prescribe the best treatment. "Pain is very individualized. Arthritis feels different depending on the person," explains Scott Zashin, M.D., co-author of Natural Arthritis Treatment. Pay attention to what you were doing when the discomfort started, where the pain is centered and how long it lasts. You may want to keep a pain diary to help you remember.
Check arthriving.com and arthritis.org for ergonomically designed items and orthoinfo.aaos.org for more posture tips.
Originally published in the May 2013 issue of Family Circle magazine.
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