Arthritis is not a single disease, the term arthritis actually refers to a range of conditions that involve joint pain and inflammation. There are more than 100 types of arthritis and arthritis related conditions.
In Australia, 4 million people currently live with Arthritis, and this is expected to rise to 5.4 million by 2030*. Common arthritis symptoms include swelling, pain and stiffness which can cause a decreased range of motion. Arthritis symptoms can be mild, moderate or severe. They can come and go, or they can be chronic and worsen over time.
There are two main types of arthritis - Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is usually a result of wear and tear of cartilage which causes bones to rub together resulting in damage and inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis on the other hand is an autoimmune disease where the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy joint tissue, breaking it down unnecessarily.
It is important to talk to your doctor before trying any remedy for arthritis pain.
1. MANAGE YOUR WEIGHT
Your weight can have a big impact on your joints and arthritis symptoms. Extra weight puts added pressure on your joints, especially your knees, hips, and feet.
As well as relieving pressure on your joints, losing or maintaining a healthy weight can also help to improve your mobility, decrease pain and prevent further damage to your joints.
Exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy diet, as well as reaching out to a healthcare professional to create a tailored plan can help you achieve your weight loss goals and take that unnecessary pressure off your joints.
2. HEAT & ICE THERAPY
Heating and icing an achy joint is an easy and inexpensive way to relieve mild joint pain. While this treatment may not improve the condition of the joint, it can provide temporary pain relief to help you go about your daily life.
Heat therapy can be used to help loosen a joint and relieve the initial muscle and joint stiffness – great before physical activity or in the morning after you wake up. Ice therapy can be applied to help with pain relief and to help reduce joint inflammation and swelling.
3. PHYSICAL THERAPY
A physical therapist can provide ways to reduce strain and pressure on your joints and alleviate joint pain and swelling. Treatments can include manual therapy such as massage and acupuncture, and advice on proper positioning and body movement techniques. A physical therapist can also recommend assistive devices such as braces, splints and shoe inserts to support and relieve stress in your joints.
Deep Heat Arthritis Support Glucosamine Sulfate 1500 ONE A DAY can be taken to support joint health and reduce mild joint pain caused by mild arthritis by acting on the joint cartilage itself. Deep Heat topical products are also a great way to relieve joint pain such as Deep Heat Extra Strength can be used to provide fast-acting pain relief to joints and works by increasing blood flow to the affected area.
Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional. For the relief of mild arthritis symptoms.