Tips for Easing the Pain of Arthritis

Paul James  |  June 27, 2016
Making simple lifestyle changes can help relieve pain from arthritis.

According to the British Society for Rheumatology, around 10 million people in the UK live with some form of arthritis.

While it may be a common condition, it's not one that is welcomed by any means. Arthritis puts a strain on joints, making everyday tasks more difficult than they once were.

There is no cure for arthritis, but there are many options for easing the pain caused by this condition. Medication, supportive treatments and even surgery can help. However, simple changes in your everyday habits can also be helpful.

Here are a few simple ways to achieve arthritis pain relief:

1. Exercise
Making time for fitness is important for anyone, but it's especially crucial if you're living with arthritis. Not only can it strengthen your muscles, Arthritis Research UK reported that it can also ease stiffness, maintain bone density and improve joint movement. Aim to exercise for at least 30 minutes five days a week. Of course, the type of exercise you can do will depend on your age and your physical condition. Ask your doctor for advice.

Exercise can improve joint movement.The type of exercise you can do depends on your age and physical condition.

2. Watch what you eat
If you are living with arthritis,watch what you eat. Stay away from refined sugar and highly-saturated fatty foods and follow a nutritious, well-balanced diet. Not only will this help you maintain a healthy weight, but it can protect your body against the side effects caused by arthritis medications you may be taking. Arthritis Care suggests eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, proteins and foods high in complex carbohydrates, starches and fibres.

3. Maintain a healthy weight 
By exercising and eating a healthy diet, you can lose and maintain a healthy weight. This is extremely important if you're living with arthritis because excess weight can put stress and strain on joints such as the back, hips, knees and ankles.

These simple lifestyle choices can help to ease the strain that arthritis may be putting on your life.