Do not force on a joint in an osteoarthritic flare-up.
If you are suffering with a weight-bearing joint (hip, knee, ankle) it is very important to rest it. It will enable your cartilage to repair. Hence, for example, you could use crutches, shopping carts or trolleys, so as not to increase the weight carried by your joints.
However, the period of rest should not be too long. You must maintain your muscles. So when you are not suffering any longer, you must maintain the flexibility of your joints by stretching exercises and protect them by maintaining your muscles. Swimming and keep-fit mat exercises are recommended but anything goes as long as the period of standing is not excessive.
Take time to take a break after each effort.
Use your back, your arms and your legs in order to avoid forcing on your muscles and joints.
Use useful devices such as a shopping cart to transport your groceries. A grab handle on the wall of the shower will allow you to get in and out the bathtub more easily.
Do not stay in the same position for too long
Feel free to use a cane to relieve your joints when you are on the go.
Physical exercise in a person with joints affected by osteoarthritis is useful and even highly recommended.
Physical activity (outside of inflammatory flare-ups) enables relieving pain, preventing joint damage, and losing weight in the event of excess weight and reducing the burden weighing on the joints.
Physical activity strengthens the muscles and tendons, allowing the body to better withstand shocks to the jolts caused by exercising. In addition, in case of a violent impact (a fall for example), a joint surrounded by healthy toned muscle is always better protected.
What types of exercises can be done when one has osteoarthritis?
What types of exercises should you avoid when you have osteoarthritis?
Relaxing the muscles surrounding the inflamed joint relieves the pain.
How do you relax?
Applying heat may also help relax muscles and relieve joint pain. Applying cold helps to reduce pain and swelling during inflammatory periods.
If you suffer from a joint like the hip or knee, dieting can be beneficial to reduce the weight carried by your joints. But before making such a decision you should talk to your doctor about it. He or she can then advise you on the type of diet to set up and accompany you in this initiative.
You have a major role to play in monitoring your osteoarthritis.
It is very important that you: